The STEM for Elementary Teachers is an interactive professional learning workshop for primary and junior-level teachers (kindergarten to grade 6). The program shares innovative teaching strategies for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons. These workshops strongly support curriculum with regards supporting STEM Skills and Connections. Teachers discover new ways to have students apply their knowledge and are equipped with information and resources.
This year we’re focused on offering FREE online workshops open to teachers across Canada.
Below you will find the details for the next series of workshops. More will follow later in the school year. Workshops are one hour long and require pre-registration.
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Process of Science – Making Your Science Classroom Come Alive!
Discover engaging ways to jump start classroom science. Explore your curiosity and think like a scientist, use your observation and inference skills and walk away with practical tools you can use with your students.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Learning through Making and Tinkering
Craft-making and tinkering are often the most anticipated and appreciated part of any session for young participants. But how can we ensure that creative fun includes educational content, and that participants’ imaginations are not dampened by evaluation requirements? This session offers animation tips to help you develop general skills among your participants, along with information on how to incorporate scientific and technological principles into your projects — all while keeping your class from devolving into happy chaos . . . or not! This session also features a bit of creative play in two hands-on activities.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Diversity in STEM
See how Ingenium’s free Women in STEM resources can equip you to engage your students in addressing inclusivity and equity in STEM. Learn how to engage your students on tough issues with open-ended activities to encourage dialogue and discussion.
Thursday, 14 July, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Fun with photosynthesis: easy experiments with plants
Growing plants in the classroom provides many opportunities for hands-on science learning!
Students can discover the answers to questions like “Why are plants green?” and “How do plants breathe?” through this series of hands-on investigations. In this dynamic workshop, you’ll try your hand at making leaf stomata imprints, play with plant pigments, learn to paint leaves with light, and observe oxygen production by an aquatic plant.
Friday, July 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Digital Literacy: Incorporating Scratch in the STEM Classroom
How can we enhance our students’ engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) in meaningful ways? In this session, Actua will provide teachers with an overview of Scratch and showcase some ideas on how to use this tool to provide coding opportunities in the classroom. Then, participants will be invited to participate in a hands-on Scratch activity that can be easily incorporated into their STEM classrooms.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Science of Sport
Explore the science behind the human body and discover engaging activities to do with your students that investigate the physics and chemistry of the human body. From how our bodies work to how we perform physical activities, this workshop consists of activities you can share with your students to show that science plays a big part in sports.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Innovation and Creativity
Explore how easy it is to innovate! In this workshop you will learn learn two simple strategies to help defuse frustration and unblock creativity. Using an aviation /aerospace-themed design-build challenge layered alongside anxiety-busting, creativity-boosting strategies we will share the “Junkyard Flying Machines” design-build challenge, a simple centering exercise, tips on how to apply discernment vs judgement and how to iterate without shame along with some fun historical (and humanizing!) insights about innovators of the past to unlock the creative potential of students.
This workshop is easily adaptable for all grades, but will appeal most to teachers of Grade 3-8.
Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Widget Building Workshop
Widgets are fun and simple activities that can be done with elementary school students to illustrate science concepts. This workshop will include a number of easy projects that explore sound and energy and encourage critical thinking skills in students.
Friday, July 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Math – The Science of Patterns
Explore patterns and use this to predict and see how this this can help crack codes. Discover math and patterns in nature, see how it can inspire creativity and understand why some call math the science of patterns.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Classroom Chess: The Way To Empowerment
A Workshop By Girl Boss Chess
Encounter and discover the untapped dynamic potential of chess to forge confidence, strategic thinking and a growth mindset in both students and educators alike. Learn practical ways in which chess can be leveraged to empower educators and help them leave a lasting legacy and impact on students that goes beyond the classroom.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
The Classroom Outdoors
Take your learning outdoors and teach your students how they can become citizen scientists. Find out how you can create easy-to-use tools that empower your students to gather data and record their observations of the natural world.
Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Coding Without Computers
Investigate hands-on activities that help student learn the basic aspects of coding – without computers! This workshop shows how essential programming concepts, such as variables and syntax, can be presented to very young students in a fun and engaging manner.
Friday, July 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT
Some of these workshops will be offered again due to popular demand. For more details on these please check out our “Past Workshops” tab.