They came from as far away as Mississippi and Louisiana to learn how the Cobb County School District (CCSD) encourages students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Instead of spending time by the pool, watching Netflix marathons, or generally taking off their teaching hats for the summer, hundreds of Atlanta metro educators and beyond stepped into classrooms at Kennesaw Mountain High School for CCSD’s annual STEMapalooza.
The teachers-turned-students took notes about the easy ways to add science and engineering to math, how to teach kids programming with toy robots, and how to incorporate Aquaponics in their lesson plans. They learned about problem-based learning using asteroid shelters, tips for adding green screen technology in classrooms, plus how to put the art in STEAM with pedal-powered paper making. For more hands-on learning, the teachers tested out the latest gizmos, gadgets, and games in the STEM playground.
Conference attendees, about 200 of whom came from outside of Cobb, shared what they learned at the Cobb event on Twitter with #Stemapalooza. One educator praised the event for enabling the collaboration and communication among educators. After listening to one of the keynote speakers, another educator on Twitter said, “I vow to take STEM in my class to a whole new level!”
During STEMapalooza, educators also gathered information about how to help their schools earn STEM certification. About 20 CCSD schools have already earned the District’s STEM seal, with seven of those schools also achieving Georgia STEM certification and 10 schools securing AdvancED STEM certification.
Take a look at what happened at last year’s STEMapalooza, which included teachers testing handmade bottle rockets.