2014 Early Learning STEM Institute
December 3, 2014; 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Katie Davis, University of Washington Information School, and have opportunities to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards, Math Common Core and its relation to early learning, Project VIEWS2 and the benefits of storytime, the Global Cardboard Box Challenge, and integrating STEM in the classroom.
Applications of Biotechnology in the Classroom: An Understanding of DNA: Making the Invisible Visible
December 5-6, 2014
This introductory workshop is designed for middle school life sciences teachers and high school biology teachers who are new to working with DNA in the classroom. Activities include an introduction to micropipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis (separating molecules based on size), DNA extraction from cheek cells, genomic DNA purification from cheek cells, and using bioethics. Teachers will also learn how to use Cn3D, a free program to help students visualize a variety of macromolecules.
Computer Science Education Week
December 8-14, 2014
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community about the need for and value of CS education.
Computing Open House
December 6, 2014; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and visit research labs to find out what computing is all about. Students and faculty from University of Washington's computing majors will introduce participants to the broad range of problems computing can address. Representatives from local technology companies will provide demonstrations and talk about why they love their jobs.
The Hour of Code
December 8-14, 2014
The Hour of Code is a movement to help every student try computer science during CSEdWeek.
Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association Programming Competition
December 13, 2014; 8:30 AM-2:30 PM
Middle and high school computer science students will practice their coding skills, compete against other school students, and win prizes.
Providing a Vision: Making Connections to STEM Careers
December 9, 2014; 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Attendees will learn strategies for promoting practical applications of science and engineering experiences. Strategies include identifying options that youth have as part of the future STEM workforce, introducing STEM role models that relate to the real world of youth, with a focus on gender, race, class, and ethnicity, and connecting real-world STEM skills to program activities.
Hands-on Winter Break
December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Keep youth engaged during winter break with a family activity each day. Build an indoor snow fort with white cardboard blocks. Let your imagination run free in the open makers studio.
February 7, 2015; 9:45 AM-2:30 PM
At STEM Out, girls will hear stories from women in STEM careers, participate in hands-on activities, and network with women peers and mentors.