Professional Development Workshop Catalog
The Texas Tech T-STEM Center offers a significant number of professional development workshops and enrichment learning opportunities for schools. These encompass a range of topics and research-driven academic content using the engineering design process and best practice instructional methods to manage project-based teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers and administrators from any school and all grade levels, as well as other formal and informal educational providers, are welcome to contact us about providing professional development at your location.
The Texas Tech T-STEM Center is currently conducting research on how to better serve
K-12 education community in STEM education. A portion of each workshop will involve voluntary participation in a pre/post test and a workshop evaluation.
Diversity in Ethical Reasoning and the Art of Teaching
2 Day Training | Grades: K-12
Research indicates that good teaching is defined by more than test scores but involves
knowledge of diversity, critical thinking skills, and insights into ethical reasoning.
Research indicates that good teaching is defined by more than test scores but involves knowledge of diversity, critical thinking skills, and insights into ethical reasoning. This workshop helps educators identify classroom roadblocks to successful teaching and learning and how to incorporate strategies that precipitate parity and student engagement.
In addition, an ongoing ethics conversation will be incorporated throughout the workshop
geared toward empowering K-12 teachers to both confidently and competently discuss
ethics with their students. Topics will provide insights into a more sophisticated
understanding of ethics for the purposes of: (1)increasing sensitivity to ethical
issues; (2)developing an appreciation for the complexity of ethics; and, (3)enhancing
the ability to effectively grapple with ethical concepts and problems.
Engineering Design Process
5 Day Training | Grades: 6-12
Discover how engineering design and engaging, real-world projects can be used to help
students learn and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.
Put the ‘E’ in STEM education. Discover how engineering design and engaging, real-world projects can be used to help students learn and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.
Apply the Texas Tech University FRAME© engineering design model to provide solutions for favorite hands-on engineering challenges that can be easily applied in classrooms. Learn best practice teaching and assessment techniques to engage students in rigorous learning by integrating content through STEM applications.
Work with experienced instructors to develop an engineering challenge that's tailored
for your classroom curriculum. Specific themes for individual workshops (i.e., Physics
of Wind Chimes) can be arranged.
Engineering is Elementary (EiE): Water, Water Everywhere
2 Day Training | Grades: 3-6
EiE is creating a research-based, standards-based, and classroom-tested curriculum
resource that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary
The Boston Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-based, and classroom-tested curriculum resource that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE materials also connect with literacy, social studies, and mathematics. Through interesting engineering design challenges children are invited to apply their knowledge of science, engineering, and their problem solving skills, as they design, create, and improve possible solutions.
This unit addresses the increasingly important issue of water quality through lessons that teach students about water contamination and the ways that people ensure the quality of their drinking water. Students plan, construct, test, and improve their own water filters.
Upon completion of the training, all participants will receive the Engineering is
Elementary Teacher's Guide which includes the storybook, lesson plans, background
materials, assessments, and differentiation strategies for ELL, as well as CSCOPE
correlations and TEKS alignments.
Incorporating EDTX Project-Based Learning into Classroom
4 Day Training | Grades: K-12
Learn how to include project-based learning into existing teaching models and curricula.
Learn how to include the Educate Texas (EDTX) project-based learning into existing teaching models and curricula.
Participants will gain an awareness of the essential elements of Project Based Learning
by using research based materials and pre-existing PBL models. Participants will experience
a whole group project and craft their own individual projects. Each essential element
of a project based learning structure will be addressed to facilitate the development
of teacher crafted projects.
Keep It Clean and Green *
5 Day Training | Grades: 6-12
Discover the earth-friendly side of STEM in this workshop dedicated to exploring Environmental
Engineering Experimentation using chemistry and biology principles.
Uncover the greener side of engineering. Discover the earth-friendly side of STEM in this workshop dedicated to exploring Environmental Engineering. Experimentation using chemistry and biology principles, with an emphasis on sustainability through engineering applications, guide participants to clean polluted water to meet EPA drinking standards. Classroom instruction will be supplemented with a field excursion to water treatment facilities.
Emphasis will also be placed on understanding what engineering for sustainability really means. Connections between sustainable engineering and ethical justice will be examined.
Participants will receive a selection of environmental education resources and curriculum materials.
*Available only on the Texas Tech University campus
Shining STAARS: Charting Cross-Curricular Connections Using Project Based Learning
4 Day Training | Grades: 6-12
Prepare to become a Project Based Learning (PBL) Super STAAR!
Participants attending this four-day professional development training will participate in a series of interactive workshops that provide in-depth trainings including: cross-curricular connections; standards based curricula; STAAR and EOC exams; literacy/writing to learn; team building and integrating content material; incorporating engineering design and technology; understanding ethics and diversity; project based learning; implementing critical thinking, writing, and researching skills; data collection and journaling; and learning outcomes and assessments.
This workshop integrates aligned physics and algebra concepts into an energy design-based project. Wind turbines are used to model one form of energy. Other forms and economic feasibility are included in discussions and lesson design. Teachers will design lessons (paper or digital) appropriate for their curriculum, grade level and classrooms. Economics, ethics and writing will be included to make the curriculum real to life.
In the environmental economics component of this workshop you will learn about why pollution and pollution abatement are a pressing concern for both society and business. The intricate relationship between profitability and social responsibility will be discussed with an eye towards incentive mechanisms that drive the development of renewable energy generation.
Though not always emphasized or recognized, ethics is an integral part of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The development and deployment of technology, for example, often raises many ethical issues. Some of these issues are fairly straightforward while others are subtler and very complex. It is, therefore, important that educators help prepare their students for the ethical challenges they will face; whether as STEM professionals or citizens in our modern society.
In the ethics portion of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage some of the issues alluded to above. We will first define what ethics is and discuss several distinctions that are critical to teaching ethics. Participants will learn about both engineering and environmental ethics with an emphasis on how both relate to the project for this workshop. Participants will be asked to identify and discuss the ethical dimensions of wind and other forms of alternative energy. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to develop specific strategies for incorporating ethics into their current curricula. Interdisciplinary discussions are encouraged. We believe an integrated approach to this content will be most effective.
The math and science concepts will be introduced and outlined before the project begins and emphasized again during the design and build phase of the project.
STEM Teaching Strategies
1 Day Training | Grades: K-12
Effective STEM teaching starts with classroom strategies grounded in solid pedagogy.
Effective STEM teaching starts with classroom strategies grounded in solid pedagogy.
Learn strategies for Concept Development (inductive), Concept Attainment, Suchmann
Inquiry and other inquiry-based teaching methods.
Teaching and Learning with Technology
4 Day Training | Grades: 5-12
Redefine your understanding of instructional technology as you explore the spectrum
of online and computer-based tools available for classroom teaching.
Redefine your understanding of instructional technology as you explore the spectrum of online and computer-based tools available for classroom teaching.
Designed to close the technology gap that often exists between teachers and their
students, the workshop will explore blogs, podcasts, online chats and a variety of
Web 2.0 software applications. Participants will look a the teaching merits of new
media technology and discuss the possible pitfalls of using cutting-edge technology
in the classroom.
The Engineering Method and the Practices of Engineering
2 Week Training | Grades: 9-12
This workshop takes a practical, hands-on approach to teaching engineering design
in a high school setting.
Discover the roots of engineering and its contributions to society. The engineering method is revealed as both intuitive and practical. This workshop dispels a multitude of myths about the engineering profession and makes the engineering profession accessible to anyone who is interested in making the world a better place to live. A specialized knowledge of mathematics, physics or science is not required to attend.
The topics presented in the workshop address the "Test Framework for Field 174: Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering K-12 with an emphasis on Domains XI and XII." The text for the workshop is the NRC Publication: Engineering in K-12 Education – Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects. This publication emphasizes engineering design as the key approach to learning.
The workshop takes a practical, hands-on approach to teaching engineering design in a high school setting. The key strategy is reverse engineering of an existing consumer product. Four hours per day are devoted to presentation and discussion following by four hours per day of hands-on activities. The total duration of the workshop is 60 hours over a two week period.
During Week 1 the hands-on activities involve small group learning connected with reverse engineering an existing consumer product and developing an engineering design specification. Each step of the reverse engineering process is keyed to one of the daily topics. At the end of Week 1 the participants have completed the "laboratory" work involved in reverse engineering of an existing consumer product. The workshop is writing and communications intensive.
During Week 2 the focus shifts to the engineering profession. Participants continue to work on the reverse engineering specification as a background task while additional factors are brought into focus such as professionalism and ethics. By the end of Week 2 the participants complete their engineering design specification and are ready for presentations. Each day during Week 2 provides time for the participants to "consult" with the workshop leaders on topics needed to complete their design specification. By the end of the workshop the participants are well versed in Domains XI and XII of the test framework and able to direct project based learning exercises using reverse engineering to present engineering design concepts and habits of mind.
Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on the ethical issues
that arise in engineering and will be provided guidance on how to facilitate meaningful
ethics discussions with students. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding
of the social impact of engineering and the importance of cultivating sounds engineering
Onsite Requirements for Schools
- Guarantee at least six teachers to participate in workshop.
- Provide training classroom for workshop.
- Provide possible lab access depending on workshop content.
- Provide technology needs for workshop — call to discuss.
- Cost: $500 per day plus travel for instructor and training resources (i.e., robotics kits, rocketry supplies, etc.)
- Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University available — charges apply.
- NOTE: Number of days of training can be customized to your needs.
- NOTE: Workshops indicated with an asterisk (*) are only available on the Texas Tech University campus.
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