2021 STEAM Institute: STEAM Thinking for ALL


Our summer STEAM Institute was a great success…until we had to cancel the last day due to the extreme increase of COVID cases in our county.

The good news is that all the presenters for that day have agreed to transition their session to a virtual format and have scheduled times outside of the school day to meet the needs of your staff during the month of September. There are two sessions focused on aligning STEAM lessons to the Next Generation Science Standards, one session providing an introduction to Argument Driven Inquiry (suitable for multiple subject areas) and a session on the use of zSpace (units available for checkout through our lending library with new apps available).

The incentives for participating in this year’s September institute will be a $100 stipend for each NGSS and ADI session. A $50 stipend will be offered for the zSpace session.

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.

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Course schedules and details

Sessions Scheduled for the September STEAM Institute

1. NGSS 1.0 – Using NGSS to Deliver Engaging Science Instruction VIRTUAL

Dates and Time: Repeated sessions; Only attend one!

September 13, 4:00 – 6:30; September 15, 6:00 to 8:30; September 17, 12:30 to 3:00

Presenter: Jeff Plummer

Grade Level: Elementary

The STEAM resource lending library available for Douglas County educators continues to grow and provide even more equipment and resources. Robotic kits, microscopes, Vernier probeware and dozens of other materials for your classroom are available to check out (for FREE). Wouldn’t it be great if there were lesson plans to go with everything in there? No more wondering or searching for how to creatively use them! In this session, we will be getting hands-on with the lending library resources in order to create these lesson plans.

Further your understanding of NGSS and provide even better learning experiences for your students. Go deeper into your own understanding of a STEAM lesson, leave with a solid lesson plan (or more) for the upcoming year, give something to the county’s education community, and make some money all in one session2. NGSS 2.0 – Collaborative Lesson Plans using NGSS, the 5Es and Lending Library Resources (Virtual)

Dates and Time: Repeated Sessions; Only attend one!

September 20, 6:00 -8:30; September 22, 4:00 to 6:30, September 24, 9:00-11:30

Presenter: Jeff Plummer

Grade Level: Elementary

This session will dig even deeper into how to implement effective STEAM lessons to your students. After a quick review of NGSS standards, instructional models, including the 5 E’s will be explored. Couple these with the importance of using discrepant events and natural phenomena and your students will benefit. All of this will be tied into the resources available from the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub lending library. Additionally, access to hundreds of lessons (many tied to lending library resources) developed by local and statewide educators will be shared.

3. Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) – Presented virtually

Dates and Time: Repeated sessions; Only attend one!

Tuesday, September 14 5:00 -8:00; Friday, September 17 9:00 to noon; Tuesday September 21 4:00 to 7:00

Presenter: Tabatha Roderick, Beth Yarbrough and others

Grade Level: Middle and High School

Looking for strategies to improve student writing, speaking and collaboration skills in the STEAM classroom…with built in scaffolding for different skill levels? Make science, math, and engineering education in your district or school more meaningful, rigorous, and equitable for all students. ADI is an instructional framework for investigations or design challenges that give students a chance to learn how to use the core ideas and practices of one or more STEAM disciplines to figure out how or why something happens and to develop a solution to problems or challenges.

4. zSpace Overview

Time: Thursday, Repeated sessions; Only attend one!

September 2 4:00 – 5:00; Friday, September 10 9:00 to 10:00

Presenter: zSpace Consultant Dee Dickson

Grade Level: Middle and High School

The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub has 24 zSpace units to check out. If you don’t have access to a unit in your school, we will get one to you for this session. Use AR/VR to engage students in lifelike, immersive and interactive experiences, Several apps already exist on the units are we are adding more based on your recommendations. This session will help you make the best use of this technology in your application-based curriculum.

5. Oregon Connections Refresher

Time: Thursday, September 9 4:00 -5:00

Presenters: Lacey Ferguson and Kristina Ikola

Grade Level: All

Have students ever asked you why they need to know something? Do you wish you had more tools and resources to help students connect what they are learning in school to potential future careers? Do you wish you could organize field trips and guest speakers, but don’t have the time and resources to organize these? Have you received Oregon Connections training in the past and want a refresher of how it all works?

If any of your answers are yes, please join us for an Oregon Connections intro training and refresher! Join us virtually on Thursday, September 9th from 4-5pm. All participants will receive a free platinum Oregon Connections subscription provided by the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub.