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Make it, Break it, Hack it STEAM & DIY

Appropriate for Teachers grades 7-12

Course Description:

In this experiential learning course you will learn how to take advantage of the tools and resources of the Maker Movement, and how it can lead to rich STEAM education opportunities across the curriculum for your students. The Maker movement is about exploring open ended problems, an emphasis on the DIY-ethos and on problem solving and creativity. We’ll start with a team project, explore concepts and pedagogy, and dedicate significant time to working on relevant challenges you face in your classrooms. You will leave the class with lots of resources and a ready to go project tailored to your needs. Additionally you will learn how this can be utilized within the context of Personal Learning Plans and competency/proficiency based learning especially focusing on connections to NGSS.

About the Instructor:
Greg Young is an educator with 10+ years of experience in both traditional and non-traditional high schools. He has worked as a high school science teacher, and also as an advisor at the Met School. He taught a pre-engineering and STE(A)M classes at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center. He has served as the VT State Liaison for the New England Secondary Schools Consortium, as well as an instructional coach in Big Picture Learning schools in VT and around the country. Greg holds a masters degree in Ecological Teaching
and Learning from Lesley University, and is a ‘small’ paper away from a PhD in Education from the University of Rhode Island.