Why STEM? The demand for skilled workers is directly linked to global competitiveness! Preparing teachers in methodologies of STEM Education offers opportunities for our candidates to be highly marketable in the educational hiring process. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are leading the way in classrooms and districts across America. STEM literacy is a necessary component of a student’s future success and this success begins in the classroom!
HPU STEM Partnerships: At HPU the School of Education partners with both Global and National companies to involve candidates in the latest product development, testing, and STEM initiatives available in elementary and middle grades education. The LEGO program at HPU is based upon an inquiry and discovery constructivist model of teaching and learning. The 21st Century skills of Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Problem Solving are the key components of the program. Pre-service teachers candidates are trained to carry forth lessons from the LEGO Education as they participate in the COME BUILD WITH US outreach program at HPU!
Opportunities for STEM Growth and Outreach!
The Come Build with Us at HPU Field Trip Program, LEGO Showcase, and STEM Camp programs have been placed on hold until the conclusion of COVID -19. Please stay tuned for future events.
The COME BUILD WITH US AT HPU initiative includes many opportunities for students to be involved in STEM education. Some examples include:
COME BUILD WITH US Field trip program for local schools is designed for candidates in the junior year- 5th year to design and implement lessons with public school students. The program is a free field trip program that offers opportunities for k-6 students to explore and discover science and engineering concepts through LEGO Education, Full Option Science Systems, Probes, Little Bits, Coding, Engineering is Elementary etc…
STEM Summer Camp is an opportunity for 5th year BA to M.Ed. students to create lessons and carry out a practicum experience with students grades K-6 in a summer setting. Due to COVID-19, we will be offering this camp in a virtual format this year.
SHOWCASE COMMUNITY EVENT takes place in the fall and offers students freshman through 5th year an opportunity to work with students and parents in the area of STEM. Nearly 800 people attend this event and students carry out activities for children and their parents.
Maker Faire is an event held in Charlotte at Discovery Place. HPU Education 5th year students run a booth that includes robotics, engineering, and discovery building with LEGO each year for over 3000 people.
Scholarships: 2 scholarships have been designated for STEM candidates from LEGO Education North America. These are designated for research in elementary STEM with LEGO, and for a director of the Come Build with Us program.
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The Teacher Academy is held once a month on Saturday for local teachers to come experience different LEGO kits and tools. The cost of the 6-hour training is $225 per participant and includes lunch. Teacher Academy is taught by LEGO certified trainers and is packed with activities using the kit-of-the-month. We feature BricQ Essential, BricQ Prime, Spike Essential Robotics, and Spike Prime Robotics in spring 2022. Teachers come together to learn how to inspire, engage, and excite their students!
ELEVATE THE STANDARDS WITH LEGO!
Welcome to Teacher Academy for LEGO Education at High Point University!
Cost $225 (Includes lunch, break, and materials for intro activities)
For Driving directions click HERE
The LEGO Showcase event, held once a year in November, draws in more than 800 people each year. The HPU Community Center (formerly Oak Hollow Mall, across from the Courtyard Marriott) is transformed into a giant LEGO Learning Lab! Parents go online to register their children for this free event that takes place from 1:00-5:00. Engineering competitions, machine building, robotics, free build and storytelling with LEGO are just a few of the many activities that occur during this wonderful event. Online registration begins in September for the November event. This event fills up within a couple of days so be sure to register quickly!
On November 2, 2019, we hosted our LEGO Showcase and WFMY covered the event.
We will have food available for purchase at each event.
(cash only for outside guests – HPU Passport honored)
High Point University Presents
Come Build with Us:
Experience STEM Engineering!
Elementary Students, Teachers, and Parents are invited to
Experience STEM through Engineering
At the High Point University Community Center
(old Oak Hollow Mall location)
For more information contact Dr. Shirley Disseler at firstname.lastname@example.org