CoTA is excited to announce our 2nd Annual STƸ@M Institute! Participants will explore unique ways to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through the lens of arts integration gaining valuable experience in how to bring STEM curriculum alive in their classrooms through the arts. Over the course of four days, attendees will experience ten hands-on, exploratory workshops that delve into the science practices, cross-cutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas of the NGSS. The institute will end with a half-day curriculum planning session to provide individualized support for lesson plan designs. The 2019 STƸ@M Institute will take place over four Saturdays (February 2, 9 and 23 and March 2, 2019).
Educators will leave each day of the institute with strategies that can be implemented in their classrooms immediately!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Classroom teachers (K-5), science resource teachers, science coordinators and art coordinators. Spaces are limited, be sure to register today!
The institute will be held at The San Diego Foundation building, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106.
A $75 deposit is required to hold your spot. Deposit will be returned upon completion of the institute.
What Previous STƸ@M Institute Participants Have Said
“My expectations did not compare to the amazing level of new knowledge and understanding I developed during the sessions. I was expecting some ideas to make science more fun, and I was blown away by what I learned.”
-5/6 Grade Teacher
“From the wonderful flow of each day, the artistic and content rich activities, and the in depth learning of the NGSS, I left with a wealth of knowledge and ideas. All of it was delivered with a breath of joy and hope to bring to my students about their learning!”
- Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
“The sessions exceeded my expectations. Not only were they engaging, but they could be implemented in the classroom the following week.”
-Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
Planned Schedule of Sessions
Session 1: The Science Practices - Act Like a Scientist
What do scientists actually do? How do they think and behave? During this session we will explore the eight ‘Science and Engineering Practices’ through gathering and sorting evidence. We will emulate how scientists in the real world go about doing science!
Session 2: Questions & Phenomena – Creating with Wonder
All good science starts by being curious and asking questions! What does ‘phenomena’ mean from an NGSS perspective? We will fuel our curiosity and wonder as we create a visual art piece and brainstorm questions surrounding a phenomenon.
Session 3: Questions & Phenomena – It’s Game Show Time
What makes a question a good science question? What makes it relevant or irrelevant to our understanding of the phenomenon? We will take our questions to the judges in this game show-based session.
Session 4: Constructing Explanations – A Scientist’s Most Important Trait
We have asked some questions, now let’s construct some explanations. Through choreographing imaginary explanations we will explore how the world may be as it is; reviewing how theories are proved, disproved and hypothesized.
Session 1: Obtaining & Evaluating Information – Body-Mind Wisdom
Reading information is often not enough to fully comprehend complex processes and concepts. Taking the life science process of the monarch butterfly, we will explore its yearly migration through dance. Through gaining a deeper understanding of the process we will be able to explain it to others!
Session 2: Obtaining and Evaluating Information – Zoom In, & Again, & Again
We will hone our observation skills through the examination of different objects from unexpected perspectives. We will make sketches of different zoomed in views as we discuss patterns, structure and change. This is the all-encompassing nature of the NGSS Cross-Cutting Concepts!
Session 3: Carrying Out Investigations – Doing Science is All About Play
Planning and carrying out an investigation, particularly one of a gloves-and-glasses-on experimenting kind, is usually strictly a scientific endeavor. We will infuse some fun and imagination in investigations as we perform experiments, record and display data, then create hypotheses. We will able to understand, classify and predict phenomena!
Session 1: Developing Models – Dancing Systems, Components & Processes
To understand systems, we engage our kinesthetic selves to generate a model of the frequency, wavelength and amplitude of waves. We will ask questions and develop a "dancing model" of a life, earth or physical system thereby gaining a deeper understanding of the concept of system. This Cross-Cutting concept can be applied to any phenomenon.
Session 2: Developing Models – Art That Makes Sense of The Senses
We will create visual art models that illustrate how animals use their senses to interpret external information. This session will combine the three-dimensions of a science practice with a disciplinary core idea and a cross-cutting concept!
Session 3: Evaluating & Communicating Information – Is the Climate Clement?
Analyzing data on a specific world climate zone, sifting out its distinguishing features, participants will create a news story that presents compelling information. This session successfully combines artistic innovation with a scientifically informed understanding of the information they have been given.
Individual curriculum planning session to brainstorm and support new lesson plans and designs.