Summer Pro-D

Geering Up is excited to be running 3 separate in-person professional development workshops for teachers during the summer of 2023! 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 Locations:
    UBC Vancouver
    UBC Kelowna

  • Cost:

Workshop 1: Makerspaces Across the Curriculums

Empowering learners to innovate, design and create with makerspaces across multiple curriculums! For teachers of grades 3-7.

This year, Geering Up is offering an all-new two-day workshop that focuses on building teachers’ capacity and confidence in teaching engineering and STEAM concepts through makerspaces and hands-on inquiry learning. The workshop will highlight the use of project-based learning approaches, providing participants with interactive sessions that encourage students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. With a focus on inquiry-based learning, teachers will explore the use of open-ended challenges that foster creativity and innovation in makerspaces. The workshop will provide teachers with ideas and inspiration to incorporate makerspaces into their teaching, allowing students to engage in collaborative learning and develop technical skills in a supportive environment. By incorporating makerspaces into their teaching, teachers can create a more dynamic and engaging learning experience for their students while incorporating ADST and other curriculums.

Grades 3 – 7
Vancouver: July 24 – 25, 2023
Kelowna: July 31 – Aug 1, 2023
Surrey: Aug 14 – 15, 2023

Workshop 2: The Power of Play Based Coding

Empowering Teachers with the confidence to teach and extend their students coding skills through play-based activities! For teachers of grades 5-8.

We are back this year with all new technology and coding ideas for teachers! This workshop is designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills to teach coding and emerging technologies to their students. The workshop will focus on scaffolded learning, ensuring that teachers understand how to break down complex concepts into smaller, more manageable parts to allow for all students to participate at varying levels. Additionally, participants will learn about computational thinking and digital literacy, a crucial skill for students in the digital age. The workshop will provide an opportunity for networking, where teachers can connect with other educators and exchange ideas. By the end of the workshop, teachers will be well-prepared to integrate coding and emerging technology into their curriculum and help their students become successful digital citizens.

Grades 5 – 8
Kelowna: Aug 2 – 3, 2023
Surrey: Aug 16 – 17, 2023
Vancouver: Aug 23 – 24, 2023

Workshop 3: Emerging Techniques in Teaching High School STEM

Equipping High School Educators with ready-to-go STEAM projects. For teachers of grades 8-12.

This workshop is designed for high school teachers of all subjects. Using project-based learning techniques, we can incorporate many topics and skills for teachers to use in any STEAM subject. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to incorporate emerging technologies, engineering, and different inquiry-based learning into your teaching. We will do generative art, build a hydroelectric dam and wire it to a generator. You’ll learn new strategies, gain hands-on experience, and network with other teachers to leave with fresh ideas for cross-curricular learning and critical thinking. Join us and take the first step toward enhancing your students’ skills and confidence in these areas.

Grades 8 – 12
Vancouver: July 26 – 27, 2023
Vancouver: Aug 21 – 22, 2023


These Pro-D events are free and there are available travel stipends to eligible participants. Email 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.

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