Teacher STEM Club Grant with Thomasville City Schools Receives Funding for Second Year
October 2015 – The Math Science Partnership grant awarded to the Thomasville City Schools and High Point University to develop a Teacher STEM Club has been funded for a second year. Dr. Jane Bowser is the Project Manager for the grant valued at nearly $150,000.00.
The grant focuses on increasing content knowledge in science and math for elementary and middle grades teachers in Thomasville City Schools. As a part of the grant, TCS teachers participate in LEGO Teacher Academy training, special content and pedagogy sessions in STEM education, complete graduate STEM classes and will attend the NASA Space Camp for Educators.
Highlights for the 2015-2016 year include the following:
October 26th Teacher STEM Club Meeting: Coding in the Classroom
In this session, teachers received hands-on training writing computer programs from Dr. Jane Bowser’s students in the M.Ed. in Elementary Education – STEM Concentration. Using a combination of resources from Code.org and the iPad App Hopscotch, teachers learned the basics of computer programming and received materials to use in their classrooms. Teachers discussed the many benefits of coding in the classroom including helping students learn sequencing, how to following directions, cause and effect, and what to do when they “hit a wall” with something they are trying to learn.
November 2nd and 9th – Math Professional Development for New Participants
In these sessions, new participants in the grant will receive hands-on training in math content from Dr. Adam Graham-Squire, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at HPU. Prior to attending the sessions, participants will have completed 40 hours of mathematics instruction using The Lost Function online computer app.
November 16th Teacher STEM Club Meeting – Math Circles
In this session, teachers will work together on a solving a problem using math and then discussion what they learned and how it can be applied to the classroom.
December 8th Teacher STEM Club Meeting – Hands On Science
In this session, teachers will receive hands-on training from Dr. Tess Hegedus, Assistant Professor of Education. This session will focus on the use of 3D pens, hand held microscopes, and 3D printing applications for the classroom.
In addition to the STEM Club meetings, teachers also attend sessions in the LEGO Teacher Academy at HPU including LEGO Story Starter and LEGO We-Do.
Activities for the spring of 2016 will include mentoring of the teachers by professors in the School of Education. For more information on the Teacher STEM Club grant, contact Dr. Jane C. Bowser.