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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Implementing a  STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge.  (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen. If you’re ready to implement STEAM or if you’re doubtful, learn from someone who has successfully implemented STEAM.

5 steps for a successful STEAM lab
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Last year I judged a robotics competition for Wonder Workshop. I was amazed at the incredible things students could do with Dash and Dot. Wonder Workshop robots make a fantastic addition to any STEAM Lab. Their robotics clubs make a great addition to any school.

Today’s Sponsor is Wonder Workshop: The Wonder Workshop robotics club is an excellent way to get students excited about STEAM. Sign up to start a club(They have some cool things to help you get going.)

My son loves the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop. He has been programming them over the summer as I continue to reinforce Computer Science at home. These cute robots will have a prominent place in my STEAM lab this fall.

Show Notes:

  • How do you get students and parents excited about STEM?
  • How do you “sell” STEAM to administrators?
  • What are fun STEAM activities that students love?
  • How do you implement STEAM when you have everyone on board and ready to go?
  • What is a typical 5-year implementation plan for a STEAM lab?
  • What are some measurable points to determine if your STEAM program is successful?
  • How do you get STEAM back on track when it is not working for a school?
  • What are some of the common mistakes people make when implementing STEAM labs?

Alicia Roberts @teach2inspireu is currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory K-12 and founder of Teach2Inspire,LLC, an educational consulting firm working with districts, schools, and teachers to support a successful implementation of Technology Instruction related to the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping. She has worked with leaders in the industry to design workshops sharing the best free web-based education resources for K-12 educators.

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