It has been almost a year since we started offering the entire STEM and robotics community, at least one webinar per month.
It has been challenging and motivating to find remarkable speakers and to design, with them, relevant content that can help educators to reshape their curriculum and classes with new, exciting ideas and points of view. All of this, during one STEM webinar.
In the spirit of finding new ways to bring solutions to your classroom, and inspired by conversations with LEGO Education’s friends and with the amazing people within the CoderZ team, we came up with a new, exciting format for a STEM webinar that we made happen, for the first time, this last July.
During that time, we are gathered together 3 of the most amazing STEM educators in the United States, offering educators, worldwide, a unique opportunity to talk with them, to get feedback, and to design better educational programs.
This “Ask Me Anything” STEM webinar, hostedDr. Merredith Portsmore (from the TUFTS University), Aaron Maurer, and Gary Garberall together in one panel. They discussed new ideas, tips, educational trends, and engaging STEM activities for the upcoming school year.
So, who was in the audience of this STEM webinar? People who have a STEM program but are looking to improve and expand, educators, teachers, and robotics lovers. Either way, this was an amazing opportunity to get answers to all of the burning questions teacher have, from a panel composed of outstanding educators.
Besides the subjects we mentioned, we talked about proven and successful teaching methods, best practices for STEM teachers, useful resources for STEM and EdTech educators, innovative tools for a STEM class, engaging STEM classroom activities. We even provided a relevant academic research to support all of the mentioned items.
Foryou to meet our panelists for this STEM webinar, we prepared a short bio on each one of them:
Dr. Merredith Portsmore
Dr. Merredith Portsmore is the Director for Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach as well as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center. Her research interests focus on how children engage in designing and constructing solutions to engineering design problems and evaluating students’ design artifacts. Her outreach work focuses on creating resources for K-12 educators to support engineering education in the classroom. She is also the founder of STOMP (stompnetwork.org), LEGOengineering.com (legoengineering.com), and the new Online K-12 Engineering Education program (okee.tufts.edu).
Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this he served as an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching wide range of subjects including computer science. Aaron is a also a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. Watch Aaron’s first webinar with CoderZ, here.
Gary is an instructor of Physics at Boston University Academy, and main coach of the Boston University Robotics Team. Garber has lead over 85 workshops, oral presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations and webinars in the past 20 years. As president of the local section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, he has reorganized and revitalized the section and co-chaired several local physics teaching conferences. Just this year he was awarded the Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award. Watch Gary’s previous STEM webinars with CoderZ, here.
Register to our future STEM Webinars
The invitation is extended. We want you to be part of the STEM webinars we organize. Of course, your feedback before, during and after our live sessions is more than welcome.
Join us. Look at our next STEM webinars here, share this information with your colleagues and help us help people like you to reach new levels of success, within your STEM class.
May the code be with you!