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Milwaukee in 2015! 


ITEEA's 77th Annual Conference
Milwaukee, WI
March 26- 28, 2015



Scratch, Sensors, and Homemade Devices Working Together

1:00pm - 4:00pm

In this three-hour, Standards for Technological Literacy-based preconference session, the participants will use the "free" software, Scratch (visual programming environment), sensors, and homemade devices to incorporate interactivity into programs. The key goal of this session is to demonstrate how each area - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics - have applications using sensors with Scratch. The projects provide self-directed learning by experimenting with different sensors and homemade devices. The integration of electronics enhances tactile experiences along with visual learning, therefore addressing diverse learning styles.

  1. Science - light sensing - bright or dim, how does the eye work?
  2. Technology - tilt sensing - balancing the ball or into the hole it goes
  3. Engineering - force or pressure - designing a dance pad
  4. Art - sounds - musical bottle caps and other devices
  5. Mathematics - calculating resistance can change that character

Equipment needed for this session: laptops with Scratch software loaded, flash drives, digital cameras, power strips.

$95.00 - Limited to 25 participants

Presenters: Phillip L. Cardon, David Gore, Kim Hopper, and Pam Speelman

Waterbotics® Workshop

9:00am - 5:00pm

A hybrid training course, WaterBotics® is a rich and exciting underwater robotics project that uses LEGO® building materials and programming environments. Stevens Institute of Technology is offering the course, which will commence with a full-day pre-conference workshop, followed by 1-4 online modules, 2-3 hours each, offered shortly after the conference.

  • Stevens will conduct a full-day, hands-on preconference workshop for up to 20 educators on March 25, 2015. During this session, participants will build and test underwater robots, observe and discuss the science and engineering concepts involved, and learn about the supports included in the WaterBotics curriculum that can help guide students through the project.
  • This session will be followed by 1-4 online modules, 2-3 hours each, to be completed in the spring of 2015. These modules will focus on revisiting the work done in the pre-conference workshop in more detail and addressing how to incorporate programming into the project. To maximize flexibility for participants, these modules will mostly be self-directed, consisting of written materials, videos, screencasts, simulations, and sample programs. At the end of each week there will be a scheduled web support session to answer questions, provide help, and allow participants to learn what others are doing.
  • No materials or equipment are needed to participate in the pre-conference workshop. However, to continue the training with the follow-up online sessions, participants will need to purchase the curriculum as well as any LEGO and/or non-LEGO materials they may need.

Information about the curriculum may be found at http://waterbotics.org/curriculum/sample and http://waterbotics.org/curriculum/license. The list of equipment needed as well as cost estimates may be found at http://waterbotics.org/curriculum/equipment

All participants will receive a $100 stipend upon completion of the face-to-face preconference workshop to help offset costs. Space is limited! Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Examining Laboratory Safety Through an Integrative STEM Education Activity

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Dive into this content-rich engineering design challenge used to intentionally integrate multiple disciplines and discuss safer methods for teaching Integrative STEM Education activities. Participants will be immersed in The Ocean Platform Engineering Design Challenge, which was used this past summer to professionally develop teachers attending the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) program at Virginia Tech. The Ocean Platform Engineering Design Challenge can be used to intentionally teach STEM, history, language arts, and other content areas concurrently, while providing students with an authentic hands-on learning experience. Participants will work in groups to safely design a solution to this engineering design challenge, which is suitable for upper elementary to high school students.

Additionally, this activity will provide the foundation to examine safer practices for Integrative STEM Education laboratories and also showcase ITEEA’s revised book, Designing Safer Learning Environments for Integrative STEM Education. Tyler Love (book co-author) who recently presented on this topic at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference with Dr. Ken Roy (chief safety compliance consultant for NSTA and book co-author) will provide a preview of the publication and its supplemental materials. Items to be shown include the classroom-ready tool and machine safety PowerPoint presentations, posters, tests, forms, and self-graded safety tests hosted on ITEEA’s website. Additional topics to be discussed include the systems approach for teaching safety, liability, court rulings from STEM education laboratory accidents, how to safely modify instruction for students with disabilities, and methods to collaborate with science educators for safer delivery of science and engineering practices.


Presenter: Tyler S. Love

Elementary STEM Literacy Workshop

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Participants in the ITEEA Children’s Council preconference workshop will investigate why STEM literacy is essential for students in grades K-6. It ultimately affects the United States’ economic success and the elementary child’s present and future success in an increasingly technologically dependent world.

The engineering design process will be modeled as a problem solving tool for students and as a teaching guide for teachers. The relationship between scientific inquiry and engineering design will be discussed. Participants will also engage in standards-based, hands-on activities that correlate to national science standards and the K-6 curriculum and will include paper engineering (pop ups, linkages, geometric nets), pizza box solar cookers, and sail cars.

A list of online elementary STEM resources (free and commercial) will be provided. Time will also be provided for discussion of elementary STEM topics and issues by the participants themselves.


Presenter: Laura Hummell


High School EbD Lab™: PathwayExtension™ - Robotics, Engineering, and Automation

8:30am - 4:00pm

This High School EbDLab™ provides hands-on instruction for teachers and administrators on the new EbD Pathway Extension™ in Robotics, Engineering, and Automation. During the full-day session, participants build, program, and compete with robots using the same blended-learning curriculum featured in EbD's Robotics PathwayExtension™.

Participants will also learn how the Robotics PathwayExtension enables students to obtain the Certified Robotics Engineering Associate (CREA) credential, validating industry-recognized skills. Each workshop participant will receive one seat of easyC for Cortex robotics programming and Competitive Robotics e-learning curriculum to kick off their Robotics Program. Laptops are required.

$95.00 Lunch included - Limited to 25 participants

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