Despite COVID-19, teachers still participated in professional development. Here are some examples:

2021 STEAM Summer Institute: STEAM Thinking for ALL

August 16 – 20

The fifth annual Summer STEAM Institute offered by the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub will take place Aug. 16 – 20, featuring a variety of sessions intended to help educators expand STEAM thinking in their classrooms. Get a jump start on learning at the  2021 Summer STEAM Institute.

This year’s sessions will take place August 16-20 in both virtual and face-to-face format.  Current topics include Early Learning STEAM, Next Generation Science Standards 1.0 and 2.0, Elementary STEAM Champions, Career Connected Learning through Oregon Connections, Computer Science Fundamentals for Elementary Teachers, Using zSpace and Project-Based Learning.

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

1. PBL 101 – Project-Based Learning

Time: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  8:30 to 3:30

Virtual with option to meet as a team at UCC

Presenter: PBLWorks 

Grade Level: Grades K-12

PBL Works delivers the gold-standard for project-based learning. Gain the knowledge and skills to design, assess, and manage rigorous, student-centered, standards-based projects.  Actively engage in project design and generate a project plan for your own use.  Continued support session will be offered during the year. 

2. Oregon Connections 1.0

Time: Monday, 9:00 to 11:30

Presenter: Lacey Ferguson and Kristina Ikola

Grade Level: Grades 4-12

Oregon Connections 1.0 will introduce participants to the Oregon Connections Platform by providing an overview of the website, supporting participants in establishing a profile, walking through the process of requesting a presentation and how to sign up for various kinds of industry sessions. Tools to support teachers in integrating the role of industry partners in classroom instruction will also be shared.

Participants will work directly on the Oregon Connections site and will be supported in planning a calendar for use during the coming school year. Representatives from Nepris, developer of Oregon Connections, will also be available to provide support.

3. Oregon Connections 2.0

Time: Monday, 12:30 to 3:00

Presenter: Lacey Ferguson and Kristina Ikola

Grade Level: Grades 4-12

Oregon Connections 2.0 will be for those teachers who are already using Oregon Connections and are looking for ways to deepen the impact virtual connections with industry leaders can have on student experiences in classrooms. Learn how to plan and integrate Oregon World of Work weeks into lessons and project-based learning. Participants will also be asked to share their experiences and ideas for a greater and more impactful use of Oregon Connections in the continuum of Career Connected Learning.

4. STEAM in Early Childhood

Time:  Tuesday 9:00 to 11:30 

Presenter: Stefanie Arents, Yimisa’ Preschool Promise

Grade Level: PreK – 2

The staff at Yimisa’ Pre-School Promise has made great use of the early learning resources from the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub. 

Learn from their experiences and engage in STEAM activities designed for early childhood. Plan how to incorporate those techniques into your everyday practices. Appropriate those working with ages 0-7.

5. Computer Science Fundamentals

Time:  Tuesday 8:30 to 3:30

Presenter: FACILITATOR FROM CODE.ORG

Grade Level: Elementary

This introduction to NGSS will explore the following questions: Why do we teach science? How does science work? What is the process of teaching science? We will be focusing on phenomena and how to bring storylines into the science classroom. Educators will leave this workshop with activities to be brought straight into their classroom.  This session is offered by two of our local STEAM champions who have been part of the Oregon Science Project.  A follow-up option will be provided for two more sessions in the fall to include college credit. 

6. Using NGSS to Deliver Engaging Science Instruction

Time: Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 

Presenter: Jeff Plummer

Grade Level: Elementary

Most of you are aware of the STEAM resource lending library available for Douglas County educators where you can check out things like robotic kits, microscopes, and Vernier probeware for your classroom. Wouldn’t it be great if there was 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.

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 session!

7. Collaborative Lesson Plans using NGSS, the 5Es and  Lending Library Resources

Time: Thursday,12:30 to 3:00

Presenter: Jeff Plummer

Grade Level: Elementary

Go deeper into your own understanding of a STEAM lesson and leave with a solid lesson plan (or more) for the upcoming year, give something to the county’s education community.

Most of you are aware of the STEAM resource lending library available for Douglas County educators where you can check out things like robotic kits, microscopes, and Vernier probeware for your classroom. Wouldn’t it be great if there was 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.

8. Argument Driven Inquiry

Time: Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30

Presenter: Ryan Zeedyk and Beth Yarbrough

Grade Level: Middle and High School

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.  

9. zSpace

Time: Thursday, 12:30 to 3:00 

Presenter: zSpace Consultants

Grade Level: Middle and High School

The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub has 24 zSpace units to check out.  Use AR/VR to engage students in lifelike, immersive and interactive experiences,  Several apps already exist on the units. 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.