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Everyday STEM

Everyday STEM

A Professional Development Series for Integrating STEM into the Elementary Classroom

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Through the professional development series Everyday STEM, K-5 teachers discover that STEM concepts lie within storybooks, history lessons, art projects, and more. Everyday STEM will help make STEM connections in every day lessons. (bullets) Each unit is designed to provide a 90-minute local workshop. Each unit includes a slide presentation of content and activities. Each unit includes a facilitator handbook to guide the workshop facilitator. Units include samples of available classroom resources. Written by experienced classroom teachers who were adjunct teachers for a Children's Engineering course at James Madison University.

Note: Units can be purchased and presented by an official at your school, or contact us about customizing your STEM professional development experience, and having a Pitsco representative present Everyday STEM at your school. contact us.

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This is the starting point for the Everyday STEM program. This unit provides detailed professional development plans, including tools to help students understand how technology affects their daily lives. Educators come away from this workshop understanding the differences between technology and science, the vital part that technology and engineering play in our lives, and that the T & E in STEM fit naturally into all academic areas. This unit was developed specifically by teachers to help educators understand that STEM is more than just science and mathematics.

Includes:

  • Facilitator plans
  • Slide show
  • Facilitator guide
  • Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators (Whiting & Hickey)
  • Classroom resources (pre/post survey, posters, Big Books, two sample classroom lessons, Science or Technology Card Sort, Glossary, and Making Words)

Recommended but not included:

  • Additional copies of Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators – one per workshop participant

$410.00

Save yourself the trouble of photocopying from the unit handbook. This pack includes 25 sets of all the handouts for Unit 1.

$59.95

This professional development unit builds teachers’ understanding of the technology and engineering design process. It provides hands-on experiences to help teachers understand and teach the design process with activities such as creating geometric creatures, words, and moving parts using paper engineering.

The design loop introduced in this unit was developed by elementary teachers and has been successfully used with thousands of elementary students across the country. The included text helps teachers learn to tie into unexpected subjects – such as reading and history – to teach engineering to young children.

Using the Design Process includes a facilitator guide, CD, and slide show, Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators, Technology Design Loop Poster, materials for paper engineering activities, and more.

$410.00

Save yourself the trouble of photocopying from the unit handbook. This pack includes 25 sets of all the handouts for Unit 2.

$59.95

Structures are more than buildings, bridges, and monuments. This unit was developed specifically to help elementary educators understand that they already teach about structures in many of their lessons. Teachers learn to identify and classify structures included in their daily lessons and how to integrate discussions of structures without changing what they already teach.

The Children's Engineering: Beyond the Basics book helps educators recognize the technology already in their curriculum – and provides 12 cross-curricular activities.

The unit includes a facilitator guide, CD, and slide show, Children's Engineering: Beyond the Basics, science and technology poster set, Everyday STEM Structures Rummy Game, Everyday STEM Structures Card Sort, and Classifying Structures Card Sort – Venn Diagram.

$410.00

Save yourself the trouble of photocopying from the unit handbook. This pack includes 25 sets of all the handouts for Unit 3.

$59.95

Go beyond the hardware store idea of tools so your students can fully understand that there are all kinds of tools they use – scissors, stopwatches, and even saxophones – to accomplish tasks every day.

This professional development unit also shows you how to draw out answers and ideas from your students, as well as how to facilitate active discussions that help them understand the link between the tools from the lessons and those in the real world.

Includes:

  • Facilitator plans
  • Slide show
  • Facilitator guide
  • Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators (Whiting & Hickey)
  • Classroom resources (pre/post survey, Simple Machines Big Book, Six Simple Machines Big Book, Jim and the Beanstalk book, two sample classroom lessons, Is It a Tool? Card Sort, Whose Tool Is It? Card Sort, Simple Machine Venn Diagram Card Sort, Glossary, Making Words)
  • Craft sticks and paper fasteners

Recommended but not included:

  • Additional copies of Children’s Engineering: A Handbook for Elementary Educators – one per workshop participant
  • A World of Tools Big Book
  • Science Tools Big Book

$410.00

Save yourself the trouble of photocopying from the handbook. Includes 25 sets of all the handouts for Unit 4.

$59.95