A snippet of the program description was:
Putting tenets of the maker movement into practice – collaboration, experimentation, invention, and play – everyone will take part in hands-on project creation. Participants will also attend talks and discussion sessions on topics ranging from making a creative laboratory space in a small rural school or library, girls/women and emerging technology, project development, and market introduction of inventions.
|Learning About Makey Makey Kits-A Playdough Piano! Summer PD 2014|
|Creating a Solar Powered Creature-- Summer PD 2014|
I am happy to report that this professional development has led to some great opportunities for students at RES. Through my new connections on twitter I found a link to the Vermont State Science Fair and an opportunity to bring professional development and an Inventor's Workshop to our school. (Here is the link to my plans for our first RES Cougar Cub Inventor's Workshop: http://resvt.blogspot.com/2014/10/res-cougar-cub-inventors-workshop-save.html ) My vision is that families will see the power of this type of learning and get to share it with educators at our school and engineers from our community. I also created plans to collaborate with another school in our district on an inquiry science unit. We will build in more inquiry and creation and then give students an authentic audience through our collaboration as educators!
As a teacher, I value opportunities to learn and grow and I hope that by sharing my passion for learning new things with students and our school community that they will be energized to constantly learn too!