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Building STEM Afterschool Mobile Makerspace Programs is a Course

Building STEM Afterschool Mobile Makerspace Programs

Ended Jan 25, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 11 - Jan 25, 2016

Duration:

2 weeks

Commitment:

2-4 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

None

Description

This course is designed to help you create after-school mobile makerspace programs for K-12 students. It provides access to free NASA educational resources, including short, yet targeted PBL (problem-based learning) activities.

Our course is designed to go live on January 11th and we are excited to connect with you. We hope you gain ideas, develop a stronger professional learning network, and gather resources through this experience. We have developed many social learning opportunities within a mini-mooc (2 week course) social constructivist framework.

Objectives

As a participant in this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build an EXTREME Weather Makerspace, SolarSolv Makerspace, and Habitat Makerspace environment using free resources.
  • Use a STEAM (science, technology, art, and math) framework to map creative approaches to core content needs.
  • Implement 3D printing software programs, computational thinking activities, green screen, and other STEM programs.
  • Connect with top scientists, educators, engineers, artists, and community organizers to share best practices for achieving community buy-in.
  • Identify funding opportunities and gain insights about how to connect your organization's makerspace to community partners.

Course Instructors

Jennifer Horner Miller

Jennifer Horner Miller

Instructor

Jennifer Horner Miller is a curriculum designer and learning technology expert specializing in STEM K12 integration initiatives. Currently, she serves as a Digital Learning Resource Specialist for Birdville ISD located in north Texas. Read More.

Jennifer has served as a STEAM curriculum and camp teacher for the Perot Museum, is the creator for Why STEAM Learning Lab and is a PhD student attending University of North Texas College of Information Department of Learning Technologies. Jennifer created a STEAM camp curriculum with New Jersey Sandra Wozniak. STEAM camp was implemented in 2011, with a research pilot study in rural Texas during the summer of 2012. Jennifer also assisted with the NASA MMS Student Launch party and has developed two Massive Open Online Courses through Canvas's Open Network highlighting NASA MMS Education Outreach programs. Jennifer successfully implemented research initiatives to study student attitudes and perspectives during STEAM camp and in a middle school robotics program the last three years with the University of North Texas. She has done extensive research in STEM and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) education and has been awarded grant funding for her research initiatives. Currently, Jennifer is completing a PhD study investigating teacher’s attitudes and confidence levels towards technology and STEM within a makerspace environment. She received a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, a Master Technology Teaching certificate, Texas Principal Certificate, TCEA Technology Director Certificate, Technology Applications K-12 Teaching Certificate. Jennifer provides professional services to various K-12 districts in the US.

Troy Cline

Troy Cline

Instructor

Troy Cline is the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. Read More.

He has extensive experience in educational technology, social media, cross-cultural classroom instruction, project management and public speaking. His research based approach has contributed to the development of new education products designed to teach the public about NASA’s 'Earth and Space Science' programs while providing a solid foundation in science and engineering design methods. Many of these projects are enhanced through model building and digital fabrication: the translation of digital designs into physical objects via 2D and 3D printing.

Dr. Lin Lin

Dr. Lin Lin

Instructor

Dr. LIN LIN is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at University of North Texas (UNT). Read More.

Lin’s research lies in the intersection of technology, mind, and learning. She has conducted research on (1) online learning communities, (2) media multitasking on mind and learning, and (3) game-based learning. Lin has published at dozens of academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been cited and interviewed by magazines and newspapers such as Le Temps, Ingenioren, the Scientific American, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lin received her doctoral degree in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Instructor

Ben is a physics teacher at Red Lion Area High School in Pennsylvania with 26 years of experience. Read More.

He teaches AP Physics and Engineering and serves as Science Chair. He is also the Technology Resource Teacher working with technology related professional development in the district. Ben has started an education technology consulting business with Jared Mader called EdTechInnovators (www.edtechinnovators.com). Together, Ben and Jared have presented on topics of technology integration, science education, and 21st century education across the globe. Ben and Jared also write for the NSTA’s Science Teacher. Ben was awarded the prestigious Making IT Happen! Award in 2011.