STEM Teachers

2019-2020 Schedule and Topics

Headways for STEM Teachers will be facilitated by Christianne Loupelle, Science Department Head, STEAM Coordinator, and Teacher at Trafalgar School for Girls, and will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates:

October 15, 2019: The Importance of Inquiry in STEM

Topics to consider: Different types of inquiry, making room for inquiry in content heavy courses, student agency in inquiry, teacher role in inquiry, design thinking, scientific method, QUEST, project based learning (PBL), phenomenon based learning, (PhBL), authentic performance tasks linked to real issues, importance of student agency, inquiry-based careers in STEM

November 13, 2019: Mindsets in STEM

Topics to consider: Attitudes, behaviors and skills that need to be nurtured for successful STEM projects (patience, resiliency, problem solving, critical thinking, innovator’s mindset, maker’s mindset, entrepreneurial mindset, broadening reflexivity to change mindsets); importance of student reflection on problems, challenges, roadblocks, successes, surprises; developing mindsets through iterative nature; journaling and drawing in STEM.

February 12, 2020: Purposeful Making across STEM Classes

Topics to consider: Usefulness of tools (cutters, 3D printers, carpentry tools), need and use of shared spaces within schools that act as a maker lab, gallery walk of what people are doing within the NCGS community (show and tell or idea exchange)

March 25, 2020: Partnerships within the Community to Foster STEM

Topics to consider: Mentoring possibilities (Technovation, Girls Who Code), program enrichment (space constraints and curriculum), what to look for in a partnership.

April 22, 2020: Maintaining Interest in STEM Areas of Study during School and Beyond

Topics to consider: Enrichment programs, the impact of early coding and robotics for girls, incorporation of Hard Fun, does early intervention and support translate to more girls in STEM?