The Region 3 STEM team (Monica Gonzalez-Williams, Phil Romig, and Mark Drewes) are currently working with over 100 plus after school sites in Region 3 to increase the STEM capacities of the after school programs by providing professional development for the after school front line practitioners. The professional development offerings to date have helped introduce new skills and teaching strategies to maximize the engagement of students in STEM activities in after school programs. The STEM professional development opportunities have also helped to take the fear out of teaching STEM by adding to the skill set and knowledge base of the front line practitioners. We have also exposed to the after school programs new resources (that exist in the Region), as well as easy to facilitate STEM activities and curriculum.
Within the last year the Region 3 STEM team has observed N-Pass lessons, FOSS lessons, Engineering is Elementary activities, Lego Mindstorms robotic clubs, SPARK STEM activities, Summer Space Programs to name a few. The students have been engaged and working on collaborative projects during our visits. We are truly excited for year II and we cannot wait to see all of the great STEM activities that you and your programs have planned for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thank you so much for joining us on this STEM mission. We couldn't do it without your support and dedication to expanding the STEM horizons of all students in Region 3.
Here are a few pictures of the Grant Managers and After School Agencies in Region 3 exploring the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center. Without them and our community partners we couldn't have embarked on this mission.
|Getting ready for our Space Mission!!!|
|Ready to Blast Off!!|
|Region 3 has the Right Stuff!|
STEM Activities Websites:
b) Science in After School (K-12)
c) Science and Math Activities (K-6)
STEM Professional Development Opportunities:
a) Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) FREE 2 day training(K-12 frontline practitioners)
b) 2013 California Department of Education STEM Conference $280 - $350 per person
depends on a registration date (K-12)
c) California After School Resource Center (CASRC) FREE Online training (K-12)
d) Resource Area for Teachers Training (RAFT) November 6, 2013
(More Information to Follow)
from 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Free)
a) SMUD Solar Regatta: May 16 and 17th 2014 (Grades 6 - 12)
Open to anyone that lives from the
Oregon border to the Fresno County Line (Includes Fresno)
STEM/Non-STEM Grant Sites:
a) Hungry For Music: Maximum Grant Amount (Not Specified) Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013
Maximum Grant Amount $10,000
Deadline: October 21, 2013
Please share with us your STEM story. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will feature your story in our next blog post.