Summer Pro-D

Geering Up is excited to be running 3 separate in-person professional development workshops for teachers during the summer of 2022! Each workshop will explore areas within the BC ADST curriculum and provide you with ways you can bring that topic into your classroom in a engaging, hands-on manner.

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  • Workshop Location:
    Fred Kaiser Building – 2332 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


  • Cost:
    FREE!

Week 1: Engineering For Your Classroom

Grades 4-7
July 27 – 29, 2022

This workshop series focuses on incorporating engineering design challenges into your classroom. Join us to explore hands-on design challenges, collaborative activities, pedagogical approaches, and assessment strategies for teaching STEM in your classroom! We will focus on getting comfortable with running this type of activity and being able to create your own using cross curricular connections.

Week 2: Bringing Science to Life Through STEM

Grades 8 – 10
August 10 – 12, 2022

In this workshop series, we will look at hands-on project ideas that target the core competencies of the curriculum and allow them to engage in in depth projects that will provide them with skills to prepare them for a future workforce. We will explore pedagogical practices and how to assess and evaluate these types of activities.

Week 3: Coding and Technology in The Classroom

Grades 4 – 7
August 17 – 19, 2022

This workshop series focuses on discovering accessible technologies for your classroom and how to use them effectively. Explore coding across your curriculum – from introductions to artificial intelligence to web design – and do so with engaging lesson plans, and new web-based platforms. This workshop series is perfect for teachers who are new to most technologies as well as intermediate coders.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

These Pro-D events are free and there are available travel stipends to eligible participants. Email pro-d.geeringup@ubc.ca for more information.

1. What are the times of the events?

Each day will be 9am-3pm with a lunch break and two 15 minute breaks during the day. Please arrive at 8:45 the first day to leave time to register.

2. Will lunch be provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided! We will send out an email survey with dietary restrictions and allergies, closer to the date of the event.

3. Will parking be provided?

The cost of parking is not included. You can park at the Health Sciences Parkade for $20 per day.

4. What should I expect?

Each pro-d series will be a combination of hands-on, or technology based activities, discussions, camp visits, guest speakers. You should be prepared to engage in activities, as we demonstrate activities that can be used in your classroom, by doing them! Each series will vary content slightly. We will send out a tentative schedule, closer to the date.

5. Why should I attend?

70% of tomorrow's jobs will require STEM skills, but less than half of high school students graduate with the prerequisite STEM courses (Skills Competencies Canada). BC's new ADST curriculum heavily integrates computer science and applied science skills to help address that gap. Geering Up workshops aim to help educators satisfy BC's new ADST curriculum by providing them with the opportunity to investigate STEM in fun, innovative, and hands-on experiments and projects which can then be brought into their own classrooms. Our workshops allow teachers to build future skills, gain tools, and knowledge, allowing them to inspire their students to explore a future in STEM!

6. What materials will I need to participate?

Workshops materials may include computer with an internet connection. Most if not all other materials will be provided by the Geering Up team. A letter with information about the workshop content and a list of any additional materials needed will be provided in advance of your scheduled workshop.

7. Will I need to download any software prior to the workshop to participate?

No! Workshops will not require the downloading of any apps or software. All of the software we use in our workshops are web-based applications that you and your students can access through the internet!

8. What do I need to do to set up for the workshop?

Please keep an eye out for a letter with information about the workshop content and a list of any additional materials needed. This will be provided after registration, and in advance of your scheduled workshop.



Have more questions?
You can reach us at pro-d.geeringup@ubc.ca.