Virginia 4-H is excited to offer Recertification Points in conjunction with the KTU program. No cost to participate! 12 recertification points offered. Funding for half-day substitutes available for the first ten (10) teachers to register. Funding for travel provided for the first ten (10) 4-H Agents to register. Program is held on the Virginia Tech campus.
**Any educator who has a child enrolled in Kids’ Tech University and who is attending the teacher workshop will need to arrange for a chaperone to accompany their child during the program. Children are not permitted to attend the educator workshop (regardless of age).**
On Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:00-5:00 PM, educators will:
- receive coaching on the research topic and an introduction to activities during teacher-training session.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:00-4:30 PM, educators will:
- participate with the children and researcher in an interactive discussion
- debrief morning discussion with researcher over lunch
- practice hands-on learning activities with children and their parents; researcher will serve as coach and mentor at this time
- modify activities based on educational setting
- develop plan for application in the learning environment (classroom/after-school/camp/etc.)
Educators will learn it, teach it, and take it back to the classroom.
This program is ideal for elementary and middle school teachers, out-of-school time educators and others interested in STEM education.
Virginia 4-H is helping teachers make STEM-learning engaging for students through hands-on, experiential workshops offered as part of Kids’ Tech University.
- provides opportunities to build STEM knowledge and skills in the area of interdisciplinary design
- encourages student interest in product definition and concept generation
- explores essential questions: “How can we know if what we design meets what people need or want?” “How can questioning be an answer when developing a product?” “How can you turn good ideas into better products?”
For Registration see this website for a link to the registration application.
Workshop leaders will deliver relevant and interesting activities using best-practice education strategies:
- Dr. Kathleen Jamison (4-H Youth Development Professor and Informal Educational Design Specialist)
- Dr. Tom Martin (Professor, the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering; Co-director, Virginia Tech Electronic Textiles Lab; Director of Implement Studio, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology)
As a result of the workshop, young learners will have an opportunity for exposure to current and relevant research through their teacher/leader’s ability to connect research back to the content standards through hands-on activities in real-world applications.