STEM professional learning

I volunteer with the New Smyrna Beach Boys & Girls Club. We have been awarded a NASA Summer of Innovation mini-award.

Over the next 8 weeks we will be doing hands-on STEM activities with the middle school kids (going into grades 5-9). We will be recording the activities – pictures, drawings, and having kids blog about their ideas.

As part of our proposal, we want to provide professional development workshops for other educators – teachers, parents, community volunteers,… As most of the material is available online, we can extend our educator workshop to the virtual community through WikiEducator. This will be a Professional Learning Community or Network. We are working out the details now, and would love to hear from you.

Do you teach STEM to middle school kids? Are you interested in “participating” in a virtual workshop? What can we provide to help you in your teaching and learning? How would you like to participate?

We are planning to use
* Google Groups – email updates, notification
* WikiEducator – activities, schedule, links to resources, teaching ideas

Still thinking about how to have “discussions” – Twitter, discussion forum, WE Talk, links to participant blog posts, ?? we are open to suggestions.

We will be starting in the next week or so. Please join us on this adventure.