Design-Make-Play STEM Institute #STEM

Here is the information for the Design Make Play PD courses at NYSCI during the Spring break week. The courses are for teachers grades 3-8.  Teachers can register here http://nysci.org/design-make-play-stem-institute/ 


Course 1: It’s Electric!

April 6, 9 am – 3 pm

Explore different types of electricity, investigate how to use everyday materials as an avenue into understanding conductivity, and engage
in hair-raising, design-based activities that demonstrate and engage students in learning about electricity. Special emphasis on connections to Common Core ELA, NYS 4th Grade Performance Exam and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Course 2: Seeing the Light

April 7, 9 am – 3 pm

Explore various design challenges that can be replicated in the classroom to learn about the properties of light (including reflection, absorption, refraction and diffraction) and how light interacts with different types of matter. Connections to Common Core ELA and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.

Course 3: Biologically Inspired Design

April 8, 9 am – 3 pm

Discover how biology and nature can inspire inventions by exploring form, function and adaptations of plants and animals through a series of hands-on, design-based challenges. Conduct various activities
that illuminate how animals adapt to their environment and how these adaptations can be used in a series of engineering challenges. Connections to Common Core ELA and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.

Course 4: Strong Structures

April 9, 9 am – 3 pm

Using an assortment of simple materials, participate in a series of challenges to build and design strong stable structures. The structures built will range from large freestanding structures to small tabletop structures that test weight, durability and ability to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Special emphasis on connections to Common Core ELA and the engineering design process will be made.

Course 5: Force & Motion

April 10, 9 am – 3 pm

Learn how to apply concepts of forces and motion to meet a variety
of engaging design challenges including marshmallow catapults, “ski jump” rollercoasters, and straw rockets. Explore how these activities help students better understand Newton’s Law of Motion and how they can be modified for various grade units. Connections to Common Core ELA, NYS 8th Grade Performance Exam and the NYC Science Scope and Sequence will be made.

These courses are being held in memory of Diane Pillersdorf, a lifelong science educator, teacher, administrator, principal and curriculum developer.

Design-Make-Play STEM Institute is made possible through the generous support of Gary Pillersdorf, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

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