By applying scientific methods, they collected and evaluated data to determine water wheel efficiency and created a kinetic model powered by renewable energy.
While participating in fields trips and hands-on activities throughout the week, the teachers thought about ways to apply their experiences in their classrooms. As a group, they reflected on their activities and drew connections between the content of the institute, 21st Century Learning Skills, Design Thinking, and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Learning Standards and Common Core. They earned Professional Development Points and graduate credit while sharing ideas with each other and gathering resources to take back to their classrooms. Incorporating more inquiry-based activities into their curriculum in the upcoming school year will allow teachers new ways to excite students’ interest in science and engineering innovation.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science specializes in providing hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based STEM professional development for formal and informal educators. For more information, visit www.mits.org or call 617-328-1515.