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Summer Institute

2019 Summer STEAM Institute coming soon!

Douglas County educators are invited to register for the third annual Summer STEAM Institute offered by the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub.

The institute will be Aug. 12-15 at Umpqua Community College and will feature a variety of sessions intended to help educators expand STEAM thinking in their classrooms. This year’s theme is “STEAM Thinking for ALL!”

The final registration form is available at https://forms.gle/TLzLrYN9CwvGS15k7 (updated as of July 30). Sessions are split into three sections: PreK – Grade 3; Grades 4-6; and Middle/High School. Scroll down for a full list of sessions.

DCPSS is able to provide a $75 stipend for each half day attended, to a maximum of $300. We will also be offering PDUs for each session. If you come early, light breakfast pastries, fruit, tea and coffee will be available. We will also provide lunch.

Please email us at umpquavalleysteamhub@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Local teacher Tim Weber (left) prepares to launch a bottle rocket created during the Project Based Learning with Rocketry workshop at the 2018 STEAM Summer Institute.


Check out our 2019 sessions

(revised July 30)

PreK TO EARLY ELEMENTARY

MONDAY

STEAM in Early Childhood
Time: 
Monday, August 12,  8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Amanda Sandoval
Grade Level: Pre K – 2
Length: Half Day
Engage in STEAM activities designed for early childhood and plan how to incorporate those techniques into your everyday practices. Resources to support these activities are either available for check-out from the Umpqua Valley Resource Lending Library or are easily available. Highlighted will be the Lego STEAM Park, Lego Appropriate for those working with ages 0-7.

Using Story Telling to Teach Science, Geography, History and Art
Time:
Monday, August 12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenters: Jim Proctor Isaac Ashby
Grade Level: K-12
Length: Half Day
Storytelling has been around for thousands of years because of it’s ability to teach and inspire.  In this two-session workshop, teachers will learn how to use storytelling to teach a variety of subjects in an integrated way by collecting scientific information, researching history, and investigating a place to more fully understand a place.  Teachers will learn how to compile that information and write an original story, and how to share that story with others. This method of teaching will truly engage and inspire students.

Session 1:  Collecting and analyzing information about a place

Session 2:  Using collected information to tell and share a story

The first session will focus on asking questions, different ways and types of information to gather, and how to analyze that information using technology and critical thinking.  The second session will focus on creating a story that will resonate with an audience. This will include good storytelling practices and techniques, tools useful in telling a story, and how to share that story and compare it to other stories.

Family STEAM Night
Time: Monday, August 12, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tammy Bryant
Grade Level:  PreK through Elementary
Length: Half Day
Take home information about how to use the Family Engineering Toolkit (available in the Resource Lending Library) to engage with families you serve by hosting Family STEAM Nights. Appropriate for those working with ages PreK-8th grade. 

TUESDAY

First Lego League JUNIOR Robotics for Grades K-3
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Linda Koontz
Grade Level: PreK – 3
Length: Half-Day
First Lego League Teams have been increasing at a rapid pace in the Umpqua Valley in recent years. This session is for Kinder through 3rd educators or community members interested in incorporating a robotics unit in their STEAM/Science curriculum. Students will complete a project challenge and have the opportunity to display their final outcome at the STEAM Extravaganza in May. 

Family STEAM Night
Time: Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tammy Bryant
Grade Level:  PreK through Elementary
Length: Half Day
Take home information about how to use the Family Engineering Toolkit (available in the Resource Lending Library) to engage with families you serve by hosting Family STEAM Nights. Appropriate for those working with ages PreK-8th grade. 

Designing NGSS Aligned Lessons for Natural Resources Topics
Time: Tuesday August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nori Dimeo-Ediger
Grade Level: Grades PreK to 6
Length: Half Day
This workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating lessons on natural resources topics. Using NGSS as a guide, we will model a learning progression that includes hands on activities and a variety of strategies drawn from a of selection of curricular sources. Participants will be given all materials used in the session and time to work in groups to use these resources to develop lessons relevant to their teaching situation.


WEDNESDAY

Project Learning Tree – The Web of Life in Terrestrial EcoSystems
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break at 11:30 for lunch)
Presenter: Bryan Benz 
Grade Level: Grades PreK – 8
Length: Whole Day
Teachers will participate in classroom and outdoor environmental learning activities and will become familiar with Project Learning Tree activities and learn how they can be integrated into a comprehensive unit of ecological study.

Explore Elementary STEAM Kits in the Umpqua STEAM Lending Library
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Chris Emmick and Isaac Ashby
Grade Level:  K-5
Length: Half-Day
Model kits and lessons to be used in the elementary classroom have been developed to support STEAM and science learning. Become familiar with kits available, practice the instructional strategies with colleagues to support NGSS practices and begin designing additional kits for use across the county. 

THURSDAY

Mathematics for the Young Child
Time:
  Thursday, August 15, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter:Becky Tillett
Grade Level: PreK – K
Length: Half day
Based on the book, “BIG Ideas of Early Mathematics”, this session will provide you with a collection of activities that are essential in developing early math literacy. The activities will be easily implemented with resources you already have or can check out of the Umpqua Valley Resources Lending Library.

1) Educators will recognize how basic mathematics can be experienced by children of all ages through everyday activities and common materials. 

2) Educators will explore the basic math concepts that young children (birth to age 5) interact with in their worlds, and how adults who work with these children can bring mathematical concepts to the foreground.

3) Educators will gain knowledge of basic math vocabulary and concepts as they relate to children age birth to 5.

4) Educators will increase their understanding of mathematical concepts that young children should be exposed to as they relate to the continuum of learning.

UPPER ELEMENTARY 

MONDAY

Coaching First Lego League Robotics
Time:
Monday, August 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break for lunch at 11:30)
Presenter: Loridee Wetzel and Linda Koontz
Grade Level: Grades 4-8
Length: Full Day
Interested in starting/coaching a First Lego League team? This session will give you the necessary background to help you understand how Lego Robots work and what coaching a team is all about.  It will also connect you to other coaches for ongoing support through the season. 

Using Story Telling to Teach Science, Geography, History and Art
Time:
Monday, August 12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenter: Isaac Ashby
Grade Level: K-12
Length: Full Day
Storytelling has been around for thousands of years because of it’s ability to teach and inspire.  In this two-session workshop, teachers will learn how to use storytelling to teach a variety of subjects in an integrated way by collecting scientific information, researching history, and investigating a place to more fully understand a place.  Teachers will learn how to compile that information and write an original story, and how to share that story with others. This method of teaching will truly engage and inspire students.

Session 1:  Collecting and analyzing information about a place

Session 2:  Using collected information to tell and share a story

The first session will focus on asking questions, different ways and types of information to gather, and how to analyze that information using technology and critical thinking.
The second session will focus on creating a story that will resonate with an audience.  This will include good storytelling practices and techniques, tools useful in telling a story, and how to share that story and compare it to other stories.

Family STEAM Night
Time: Monday, August 12, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tammy Bryant
Grade Level:  PreK through Elementary
Length: Half-Day
Take home information about how to use the Family Engineering Toolkit (available in the Resource Lending Library) to engage with families you serve by hosting Family STEAM Nights. Additional ideas for Family STEAM Night will be shared from experienced colleagues. The Toolkit has also been used to support STEAM events during the school day as a special event. Appropriate for those working with ages PreK-8th grade.

TUESDAY

Oregon Connections 1.0
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half Day
Oregon Connections is an online matching system to connect students with industry and academic experts. Learn how to use an effective and efficient tool to set up face-to-face guest speakers, virtual guest speakers, industry field trips, job shadows, internships and virtual career fairs. Virtual field trips were a smashing success this year with many planned for 2019-2020. Oregon Connections is a free tool unless you want to set up virtual sessions. By attending the session, you will receive a virtual license worth $100. 

Designing NGSS Aligned Lessons for Natural Resources Topics
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Nori Dimeo-Ediger
Grade Level: Grades PreK -6
Length: Half Day
This workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating lessons on natural resources topics.  Using NGSS as a guide, we will model a learning progression that includes hands on activities and a variety of strategies drawn from a of selection of curricular sources.   Participants will be given all materials used in the session and time to work in groups to use these resources to develop lessons relevant to their teaching situation. 

Building Teamwork Skills through Lego Robotics
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Loridee Wetzel (ORTOP)
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half Day
In this teamwork and core values workshop adults experience the aspects of teamwork while engaging in LEGO building activities. All attendees will be active participants with discussion following each section. Each adult gains understanding of the importance of critical roles in teamwork as well as an understanding of how experiencing the FIRST Robotics Core Values can bring a team together. Do not need to be interested or involved in Robotics to attend.  These skills apply to all learning environments and prepare kids for future careers. 

Family STEAM Night
Time: Tuesday, August 13 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tammy Bryant
Grade Level: PreK through Elementary
Length: Half Day

Take home information about how to use the Family Engineering Toolkit (available in the Resource Lending Library) to engage with families you serve by hosting Family STEAM Nights. Additional ideas for Family STEAM Night will be shared from experienced colleagues. The Toolkit has also been used to support STEAM events during the school day as a special event. Appropriate for those working with ages PreK-8th grade.

WEDNESDAY

Project Learning Tree – The Web of Life in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break at 11:30 for lunch)
Presenter: Bryan Benz 
Grade Level: Grades PreK -8
Length: Whole Day
Teachers will participate in classroom and outdoor environmental learning activities and will become familiar with Project Learning Tree activities and learn how they can be integrated into a comprehensive unit of ecological study.

Explore ELementary Kits in the Umpqua STEAM Lending Library
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Chris Emmick and Isaac Ashby
Grade Level:  K-5
Length: Half-Day
Model kits and lessons to be used in the elementary classroom have been developed to support STEAM and science learning. Become familiar with kits available, practice the instructional strategies with colleagues to support NGSS practices and begin designing additional kits for use across the county. 

3D Printing, Vinyl Cutter and other Maker Spaces
Time: Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: CJ Bryant and team
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half Day
Learn how to use a 3D printer and vinyl cutter that can be checked out from the Resource Lending Library. Imagine projects for your students to design and create using project-based learning and STEAM Thinking. Bring your own creative ideas to create!

Oregon Connections 2.0
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half-Day
This session is designed for educators who have already received PD for Oregon Connections and are interested in working with other teachers to expand its use in classrooms and share learnings on how to best integrate the resource in current curriculum. Plan to also provide guidance for specific virtual industry tours and building personalized student folders for career exploration. Each participant will also receive a virtual license to Oregon Connections worth $100.

THURSDAY

Using Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) as an Instructional Model for STEAM Investigations
Time:
Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Separate sessions)
Presenter: Ryan Zeedyk, Karl Topper and Chris Emmick
Grade Level: Grades 3-12
Length: Full Day
Argument-Driven Inquiry is an 8 stage instructional model students are taught to follow as they carry out investigations while they work to figure out how things work or why things happen.  ADI immerses students in the practices of science and gives the opportunity to read, write, and talk as they learn about the core ideas and crosscutting concepts of science. ADI is an effective way to increase student achievement in both science and literacy, but also has a role in all disciplines. Local teacher leaders will share examples of how they have used ADI in their classrooms. Time will be provided for teachers to retrofit current labs to using the ADI protocols. More information can be found at  https://argumentdriveninquiry.com/instructional-model.

Mastering the World of Vernier Technology
Time:
Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenter: John Melville, Vernier Software & Tech.
Grade Level: 3-12
Length: Full Day
The Umpqua STEAM Resource Lending Library is filled with Vernier technology tools to collect, analyze and interpret data for all levels of STEAM education. Work with a representative from Vernier to learn how to use the technology and embed it into your classroom learning. Go to www.umpquasteamhub.org  to enroll in the library and see what is available. Plan to leave with lesson plans ready to implement!

Oregon Connections 1.0
Time:
Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half Day
Oregon Connections is an online matching system to connect students with industry and academic experts. Learn how to use an effective and efficient tool to set up face-to-face guest speakers, virtual guest speakers, industry field trips, job shadows, internships and virtual career fairs. Virtual field trips were a smashing success this year with many planned for 2019-2020. Oregon Connections is a free tool unless you want to set up virtual sessions. By attending the session, you will receive a virtual license worth $100. 

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS

MONDAY

Using Story Telling to Teach Science, Geography, History and Art
Time:
Monday, August 12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenter: Isaac Ashby
Grade Level: K-12
Length: Full Day
Storytelling has been around for thousands of years because of it’s ability to teach and inspire.  In this two-session workshop, teachers will learn how to use storytelling to teach a variety of subjects in an integrated way by collecting scientific information, researching history, and investigating a place to more fully understand a place.  Teachers will learn how to compile that information and write an original story, and how to share that story with others. This method of teaching will truly engage and inspire students.

Session 1:  Collecting and analyzing information about a place

Session 2:  Using collected information to tell and share a story

The first session will focus on asking questions, different ways and types of information to gather, and how to analyze that information using technology and critical thinking.
The second session will focus on creating a story that will resonate with an audience.  This will include good storytelling practices and techniques, tools useful in telling a story, and how to share that story and compare it to other stories.

Coaching First Lego League Robotics
Time: Monday, August 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break at 11:30 for lunch)
Presenter: Loridee Wetzel and Linda Koontz 
Grade Level: Grades 4-8
Length: Full Day
Interested in starting/coaching a First Lego League team? This session will give you the necessary background to help you understand how Lego Robots work and what coaching a team is all about.  It will also connect you to other coaches for ongoing support through the season. 

TUESDAY

Designing NGSS Aligned Lessons for Natural Resources Topics
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Nori Dimeo-Ediger
Grade Level: 6-8
Length: Half Day
This workshop will provide participants with a framework for creating lessons on natural resources topics.  Using NGSS as a guide, we will model a learning progression that includes hands on activities and a variety of strategies drawn from a of selection of curricular sources.   Participants will be given all materials used in the session and time to work in groups to use these resources to develop lessons relevant to their teaching situation. 

How zSpace Technology Transforms Student Learning
Time: Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: zSpace Representative
Grade Level: Grades 6-12
zSpace technology has arrived in the Umpqua Valley! 24 stations will be available for check out from the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub Resource library beginning next fall. Some schools have also purchased stations for their own labs.  A full day of introduction to this teaching tool with opportunity for curriculum development will be offered. For more information about zSpace, go to https://zspace.com/ .

Oregon Connections 1.0
Time:
Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: Grades 4-12
Length: Half Day
Oregon Connections is an online matching system to connect students with industry and academic experts. Learn how to use an effective and efficient tool to set up face-to-face guest speakers, virtual guest speakers, industry field trips, job shadows, internships and virtual career fairs. Virtual field trips were a smashing success this year with many planned for 2019-2020. Oregon Connections is a free tool unless you want to set up virtual sessions. By attending the session, you will receive a virtual license worth $100. 

Building Teamwork Skills through Lego Robotics
Time: Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Loridee Wetzel (ORTOP)
Grade: 4-12
Length: Half Day
In this teamwork and core values workshop adults experience the aspects of teamwork while engaging in LEGO building activities. All attendees will be active participants with discussion following each section. Each adult gains understanding of the importance of critical roles in teamwork as well as an understanding of how experiencing the FIRST Robotics Core Values can bring a team together. Do not need to be interested or involved in Robotics to attend.  These skills apply to all learning environments and prepare kids for future careers.

Family STEAM Night
Time: Tuesday, August 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Tammy Bryant
Grade Level: PreK through Elementary
Length: Half-Day

Take home information about how to use the Family Engineering Toolkit (available in the Resource Lending Library) to engage with families you serve by hosting Family STEAM Nights. Additional ideas for Family STEAM Night will be shared from experienced colleagues. The Toolkit has also been used to support STEAM events during the school day as a special event. Appropriate for those working with ages PreK-8th grade.

WEDNESDAY

Project Learning Tree – The Web of Life in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break at 11:30 for lunch)
Presenter: Bryan Benz 
Grade Level: PreK -8
Length: Full day
Teachers will participate in classroom and outdoor environmental learning activities and will become familiar with Project Learning Tree activities and learn how they can be integrated into a comprehensive unit of ecological study.

Introduction to First Tech Challenge Robotics
Time: Wednesday, August 14 , 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (break at 11:30 for lunch)
Presenter: Loridee Wetzel (ORTOP)
Grades Level: 6-12
Length: Full Day
Introductory overview of how to coach, build and program First Tech Challenge robots for Middle and High School students. 

3D Printing, Vinyl Cutter and Other Maker Space Activities
Time: Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: CJ Bryant and team
Grade Level: 6-12
Length: Half Day
Learn how to use a 3D printer and vinyl cutter that can be checked out from the Resource Lending Library. Imagine projects for your students to design and  create using project-based learning and STEAM Thinking. Bring your own creative ideas to create!

Oregon Connections 2.0
Time:
Wednesday, August 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: 4-12
Length: Half-Day
This session is designed for educators who have already received PD for Oregon Connections and are interested in working with other teachers to expand its use in classrooms and share learnings on how to best integrate the resource in current curriculum. Plan to also provide guidance for specific virtual industry tours and building personalized student folders for career exploration. Each participant will also receive a virtual license to Oregon Connections worth $100.

THURSDAY

Using Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) as an Instructional Model for STEAM Investigations
Time: Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenter: Ryan Zeedyk, Karl Topper and Chris Emmick
Grade Level: Grades 3-12
Length: Full Day
Argument-Driven Inquiry is an 8 stage instructional model students are taught to follow as they carry out investigations while they work to figure out how things work or why things happen.  ADI immerses students in the practices of science and gives the opportunity to read, write, and talk as they learn about the core ideas and crosscutting concepts of science. ADI is an effective way to increase student achievement in both science and literacy, but also has a role in all disciplines. Local teacher leaders will share examples of how they have used ADI in their classrooms. Time will be provided for teachers to retrofit current labs to using the ADI protocols. More information can be found at  https://argumentdriveninquiry.com/instructional-model . 

Mastering the World of Vernier Technology
Time: Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Two separate sessions)
Presenter: John Melville, Vernier Software & Tech.
Grade Level: 3-12
Length: Full Day
The Umpqua STEAM Resource Lending Library is filled with Vernier technology tools to collect, analyze and interpret data for all levels of STEAM education. Work with a representative from Vernier to learn how to use the technology and embed it into your classroom learning. Go to www.umpquasteamhub.org  to enroll in the library and see what is available. Plan to leave with lesson plans ready to implement!

Oregon Connections 1.0
Time: Thursday, August 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: 4-12
Length: Half Day
Oregon Connections is an online matching system to connect students with industry and academic experts. Learn how to use an effective and efficient tool to set up face-to-face guest speakers, virtual guest speakers, industry field trips, job shadows, internships and virtual career fairs. Virtual field trips were a smashing success this year with many planned for 2019-2020. Oregon Connections is a free tool unless you want to set up virtual sessions. By attending the session, you will receive a virtual license worth $100. 

Oregon Connections 2.0
Time: Thursday, August 15, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.  
Presenter: Lacey Ferguson
Grade Level: 4-12
Length: Half-Day
This session is designed for educators who have already received PD for Oregon Connections and are interested in working with other teachers to expand its use in classrooms and share learnings on how to best integrate the resource in current curriculum. Plan to also provide guidance for specific virtual industry tours and building personalized student folders for career exploration. Each participant will also receive a virtual license to Oregon Connections worth $100.