News from the STEM Office
SET Sail Teacher Training Fall Workshop
Posted on: September 23, 2013 08:00 EDT by Sarah Durkin
The USNA STEM Office hosted the Fall SET Sail STEM Educator Training Workshop on Saturday, September 14, 2013. 60 STEM K-12 teachers from public and private schools in Maryland and beyond attended the one-day workshop held in Rickover Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The workshop was facilitated by 7 faculty/staff and 22 midshipmen, with support from the Office of Naval Research reservist community.
Teachers participated in hands-on training in a variety of topics, including Energy and Electricity, Robotics, and Math. Participants also worked in small groups to build SeaPerch underwater remote-operated vehicles, developing the skills they need to set up a SeaPerch program at their own schools. Each group took home a SeaPerch that they built, as well as a sampling of STEM project materials and curriculum content.
Teachers found the activities to be highly applicable to their curriculum and easy to use. “I can easily replicate [these] activities in my classroom at low cost”, said an attendee. At lunchtime, teachers participated in a focused discussion on the topic of “Teaching Across the Curriculum” with an emphasis on how instructors of different disciplines can collaborate to teach STEM topics.
The workshop was an ideal setting for teachers to discover, explore and test ideas for STEM education. In describing the day, one teacher commented, “The enthusiasm and vitality of the instructors and midshipmen for the STEM program is contagious. I had a wonderful experience today and have learned many things I plan to share with my students and fellow teachers.” A teacher who attends SET Sail is equipped to return to their school and train other teachers there, spreading the curriculum and methodology far beyond a single classroom.