STEM Projects & Events in the Pioneer Valley

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Wade Institute for Science Education

4-Day Virtual Institute for Grades 4-12 Educators Use phenomena to take place-based education to a new level! Whether at home or in the classroom, blending phenomena with place-based learning allows you to leverage student curiosity and life experiences as they investigate questions and problems right in their own communities. Join us remotely to investigate examples of phenomena local to our partners and collaborate with your course peers to identify relevant phenomena in your own community. Learn more and register online at www.wadeinstitutema.org/spdi-k12!

‘NASA STEM Stars en Español’ Talks With James Webb Space Telescope Instrument Systems Engineer

Audience: Students Ages 13+

Event Date: July 16 at 2 p.m. EDT

 

“NASA STEM Stars en Español” is part of a webchat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics.

 

This webchat, conducted in Spanish, will feature instrument systems engineer Dr. Begoña Vila. Learn about her work on the James Webb Space Telescope optical elements and her use of cryogenic testing to simulate a space environment. Join in and ask your questions!

Online/The Springfield Museums

For Students who have already taken the Beginning Coding with Scratch workshop and are ready to learn more advanced concepts and produce detailed, more complex creations. Students will learn programing concepts while creating fun games, activities, and stories. Most programing is done by dragging and dropping blocks with minimal typing. Many graphical characters called “sprites” are supplied along with a large variety of actions they perform. While this is a good language for beginners, it is also possible to continue learning more advanced concepts and produce detailed, more complex creations

Online/The Springfield Museums

Scratch is a graphical and block-based language good for younger students or beginners of any age. Students will learn programing concepts while creating fun games, activities, and stories. Most programing is done by dragging and dropping blocks with minimal typing. Many graphical characters called “sprites” are supplied along with a large variety of actions they perform. While this is a good language for beginners, it is also possible to continue learning more advanced concepts and produce detailed, more complex creations.

Online/The Springfield Museums

This is a continuing class for students who have had 2 sessions of Scratch with us or who are familiar with basic Scratch blocks such as If, Forever, For, MyBlocks, and simple animation. In this class you can get help to code your own projects as well as work along on more advanced projects we provide. Returning students will work in new projects every session.

Online/The Springfield Museums

For students who attended the Coding: Going Beyond with Python or any student with some previous Python coding experience. Python is a text-based coding language that is easy to read with less punctuation than other languages. While it is possible to start programming with Python without prior coding experience, it is geared toward older beginners or students with block programing experience who are ready to get more geeky. In Python, students will build from the ground up, typing all code and using graphics they generate or find. we will work with turtle graphics to build games and other creations.

Online/The Springfield Museums

This is a continuing class for students who have had 2 sessions of Python with us or who are familiar with basic Python commands and programming concepts such as loops, decision branching, and functions. In this class you can get help with your coding projects as well as work along on more advanced projects we provide. Returning students will work in new projects every session.

Online/The Springfield Museums

Python is a text-based coding language that is easy to read with less punctuation than other languages. While it is possible to start programming with Python without prior coding experience, it is geared toward older beginners or students with block programing experience who are ready to get more geeky. In Python, students will build from the ground up, typing all code and using graphics they generate or find. We will work with turtle graphics to build games and other creations. Supply list provided.

Wade Institute Remote Professional Development 2020 (One-Week Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators)

This summer, recharge your enthusiasm for science education by participating in a dynamic virtual professional development learning opportunity! Spend time in a virtual classroom, participate in small group investigations and complete some of your work remotely. Walk away with tools, resources, and investigations to effectively engage your students in STEM in your remote or on-site classroom.

Join engineers, scientists, and naturalists this summer and discover how new technologies with diverse sensory capabilities can transform data collection and data visualization and empower us to understand their impacts more fully as we model these changes and predict how they may affect our quality of life, from our homes to our parks to our workplaces.

Wade Institute Remote Professional Development 2020 (3-Day Institute for Grades K-2 Educators)

Join us for a remote course and explore how you can integrate science and literacy learning through inquiry-based learning remotely or in the classroom! Explore how to use inquiry and the science and engineering practices to deepen students’ understanding of both science concepts and literacy strategies.

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