Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT

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The College of New Jersey 
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The Center for Excellence in STEM Education 
The College of New Jersey - Center for Excellence in STEM Education 

How to Start a Middle School STEM Course - Makerspace and NGSS for Middle School

Do you have the task of starting a STEM class (e.g., full-half year course, elective, or club) or Makerspace at the middle or high school level? Are you Science teacher looking to integrate Engineering practices and Core Disciplinary Ideas from NGSS into your classroom?  

Teachers from various content areas (including media specialists) will receive an introduction to design-based pedagogy and necessary skills for facilitating a safe and effective project based, 21st Century Learning Environment aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will leave with sample curriculum outlines and strategies for adaptation within their own school(s); as well as sample instructional, curricular, and assessment materials. An integrative STEM course, club and/or elective is an excellent way to acquaint all students to the engineering practices and other conceptual shifts that they will begin to encounter in science, as well as other content areas Grades 6-12. If you are running a makerspace, you’ll certainly need to introduce students to a sequence of activities before they can use the space autonomously!  

Each participant will be issued a certificate for PD hours.

Major topics addressed through hands-on, constructivist experience and group reflections:

Major Topics & Lessons

  • Engineering Design Process

  • Facilities/Safety

  • 2D/3D Sketching and Drawing

  • Tools/Machines/Processes

  • 3D Modeling

  • Color Theory

  • Creativity, Invention and Innovation

  • Alignment to NGSS and Common Core

  • Engineering Core Disciplinary Ideas

  • Formative Assessments, Portfolios and Engineering Notebooks

  • Co-curriculars Events and Competitions, TSA Club, Robotics Clubs

  • Budgeting, Vendors, Donations, Grants

  • Nature of Technology, Human Impacts, Systems, Product Life Cycle

  • Areas of Designed World: Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Communication/Information, Biotechnology, Power & Energy

Design Challenges/Activities Covered

  • Engineering/Process Drawings

  • Morphologic Charts/Brainstorming

  • Innovative Device Stand/ Shark Tank

  • Marble Maze Challenge / Paper Engineering

  • Foam Sculpture/Form vs. Function

  • Rube Goldberg/Simple Machines

  • Earth-Friendly Greeting Cards/Structures and Mechanisms

  • Socially Responsible Device/Fun Theory/Nudging

  • Recycled LED Light Source/Electricity & Circuits

  • Mousetrap Car

  • Magnetic Levitation Breaking & Control Systems

Event date: July 9 - 13, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Professional Development Hours will be provided.

Trainer Information:

Chris Anderson is the Center's lead consultant and coach for K-12 iSTEM education, and has worked with over 70 school districts, in the last four years, developing transitional programming, teacher training, curriculum, facilities and other related best practices for Next Generation Science Standards and design-based pedagogy.  Chris was a former Technology and Engineering education teacher for 10 years, grades 5-12, and spent the last 8 years working as an adjunct in TCNJ's School of Engineering. 

Chris C. Better has over 16 years experience teaching, developing curriculums and programs of study in technology and engineering education grades 7-12. He also is an adjunct professor for TCNJ's School Of Engineering, teaching courses in engineering design, 3D prototyping and digital/analog electronics for future technology educators. 


Disclaimer: Workshops are subject to change. Registrants will be given at least two weeks prior notice if there are any changes.