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PRNP Project-based Learning in the STEM Classroom
Saturday, December 17, 2016
On Saturday, December 17, 2016, a snowy, icy day, 47 STEM Educators braved the elements to improve and enhance their practice by engaging in Project-based Learning. In what better place to do this than The Workshop School, famed for its project-based learning philosophy and activity! The day was highlighted by the participation of Angela Moran and Sarah Durkin, Director and Associate Director respectively of the U.S. Naval Academy Center for STEM Education and Outreach! These generous and courageous STEM Educators traveled up from Annapolis in the snow, loaded down with gifts of tote bags, materials for doing projects and tons of enthusiasm! For the first hour of the day, Angela and Sarah had the attention of all the participants and were given the task of making sure everyone attending had the basics of successful PBL. During the day, participants were able to attend such interesting and creative workshops as Engineering Cell Phone Chargers; Wind Energy: Designing Sails and Windmills; Training Citizen Scientists in Biomedical Research – Immersion Science; Barbie Bungee; Which Miniature Golf Course Design is Best for a Hole-in-One? and a host of others! To top it off, participants walked away with not only new knowledge and skills, but also with glue guns, copy paper, books, AND some lucky ones, document cameras! So let It snow and we’ll put together a project around determining the environmentally safest ice melting agent!
Visit our Resources /Lesson Links section to find a link to our Goggle Docs Resource Folder where we have uploaded lessons and resources for the various workshops that were presented at the PRNP Project-based Learning in the STEM Classroom professional development day as well as from past professional development events!
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Featured Scholar – Joji Thompson
Joji Thompson attended Drexel University and graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering. During his undergraduate study, he was recruited into the school of education, and after graduating, with the financial support of the Noyce scholarship, was able to get his MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching.
Feeling undereducated by the schools he attended as a child, Joji went to college feeling very behind his peers. He felt that he had not been prepared for college or the real world. He wanted to go into high needs education and provide for students the things he felt were not available to him as a student. He wanted his students to go into college with skills and concepts that would be required of them.
At his current school, Camden Promise Charter, Joji teaches physics and mathematics. In addition to this, he runs a robotics and computer engineering club after school. At this club, he teaches students real life skills that would prepare them to be successful at either a job or in college. His students learn how to be a basic electronic’s technician and how to build basic electronic devices. For instance, one of the projects he has his students do is repair headphones. Each year, he purchases a large amount of broken headphones and gives these to his students, teaches them the circuitry involved in headphones and then has them repair them (and they get to keep them!). His students also design their own flash lights (or light up gear), their own phone chargers, police sirens, and many other things.
One of Joji’s passions as a teacher is updating the math and engineering curriculum to reflect the kinds of skills students need in a digital world. He believes the current information that students learn is not preparing them for the issues or jobs they will deal with in our more technical society. His teaching goal is to be able to incorporate his engineering curriculum into a high school such that his students would have a course that would be hands-on, inquiry based, provide real world skills and solutions, and better prepare students for college. He dreams of working in a school environment that allows and supports this.