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If your school needs training on something not listed below, contact us to discuss options.


 
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About: WMSI works with several schools each year to implement new systems and curriculum on a larger scale. These initiatives can include a mixture of strategic planning, teacher workshops, in-school trainings within classrooms, shadowing, individual calls/check-ins, and curriculum manual co-creation. Three example options are outlined below, and we're happy to discuss different opportunities for your school


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Engineering Curriculum Implementation

This initiative is designed to take your school from pre-awareness regarding engineering instruction to feeling comfortable and empowered to run an open-ended engineering project once per week. Emphasis will be placed on goal setting and system design to support teachers in their implementation efforts. Workshops can be provided either in the WMSI Makerspace in Littleton or at your school in order to for teachers to have the technical skills needed to support project-based engineering.


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Computer Science Curriculum Implementation

This initiative is aimed at bringing grade level teachers from pre-awareness to awareness and then to synthesis in computer science curriculum. Specifically, it focuses on the importance of computer science, the best resources for computer science, and how to use those resources. Along the way, focus is placed on strategic planning, system design, integration, and skill building. At the end of the initiative, teachers will have all of the tools and knowledge to feel comfortable meeting the standards laid out by the New Hampshire DOE.

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Robotics Curriculum Implementation

This initiative focuses on exciting teachers about integrated robotics lessons in their classrooms. Emphasis is placed on coding and design process. The initiative can also involve designing an after school program (which could include robotics competition preparation). At the end of the initative, teachers will have all the tools and knowledge to feel comfortable using robotics units as an integrative tool in lessons to enhance learning, engagement, and real world connections.

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About: WMSI also provides system building, planning support, and framing for individual or school wide initiatives within districts. This can be limited or broad-reaching in scope, from a phone call or few visits to discuss programming to a series of meetings to work on new curriculum systems. What separates this service from school-wide initiatives is that it is more narrow in scope, with WMSI providing planning and system building support without full workshops, shadowing, and curriculum co-creation. One example is listed below; however, please note that WMSI can consult on a number of different STEM topics, including robotics, after school program set-up, Engineering, NGSS Science, etc. - just be in touch to discuss what will be the best fit for you!


Computer Science Consultations

This consulting effort focuses on supporting schools with computer science standard implementation. While not as in-depth as an initiative, this consulting effort includes several meetings and check-ins that allow your staff to go from pre-awareness to awareness in the standards, tools, lesson resources, and structures of computer science. WMSI will customize these efforts to best fit your school’s needs.

This consultation program has been co-designed by North Country Education Services (NCES)

 
A Milan teacher running the “random compliment generator” lesson at a WMSI conference

A Milan teacher running the “random compliment generator” lesson at a WMSI conference


 

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About: WMSI workshops offer the technical and process skill building needed to feel confident facilitating and integrating STEM lessons in the classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on project-based design, integration, and, when possible, student voice. Each workshop description suggests an ideal timeframe for each subject; however, these times can be modified to fit school needs.


Coding in the Classroom

Grades 3-5 or 6-8 • Suggested timing: three meetings or more

These workshops focus on supporting teachers with integration of computer science into their curriculum. Focus is placed on supporting teachers to use coding to create engaging inquiry-based lessons. No prior coding experience necessary.

Tool Options:

  • WMSI CS Data Base  

  • Scratch

  • LEGO MINDSTORMS

  • Bitsbox

  • BlocksCAD

  • Python

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Introduction to Robotics After School

Grades 3-5 or 6-8 • Suggested timing: two meetings or more

This workshop is designed for participants with or without prior robotics experience.  Participants will learn facilitation strategies, systems, and activities that will benefit their students and aid in increasing problem solving, systems thinking, and failure tolerance during after school robot design. Teachers will also walk away with activity ideas regarding building sturdy structures, design and iteration, and engaging sensor coding. Each example activity shown has been designed for the after-school setting.

Tool Options:

  • Ev3 Mindstorms

  • We.Do

  • Powerfunctions

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Robotics in the Classroom

Grades 3-5 or 6-8 • Suggested timing: three meetings or more

Robotics is an exciting application for science, math, and engineering concepts.  Focus can be placed on integration of robotics into curriculum or support of robotics competitions and other enrichment activities

Tool Options:

  • Ev3 Mindstorms

  • We.Do

  • Powerfunctions

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Science and Engineering Series

NGSS Series - grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 • Suggested timing: three sessions or more

Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts.

Contact us for offerings.  We have inquiry and design-based programs for grade span needs (K-2; 3-5; 6-8); programs

Possible focuses:

  • Cross Cutting Concepts as a means to structure inquiry-based learning

  • Science/engineering practices

  • Subsets of specific NGSS standards

  • Facilitation sessions to identify resources and create scope and sequence for NGSS standards

Engineering and NGSS

Contact us for offerings.  We have NGSS aligned engineering design programs for a wide range of design prompts and design tools.  Programs can be tailored to utilize tools such as 3D printers and LEGO systems through found materials readily available in the classroom.  Focus will be placed on strategies for the Define, Develop, and Optimize design process.

NGSS Science inquiry-based lesson on making predictions and studying patterns

NGSS Science inquiry-based lesson on making predictions and studying patterns


Data Visualization in the Classroom

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 • Suggested timing: three sessions or more

This workshop is designed to zoom in on science and engineering practices and focus on “analyzing and interpreting data” while incorporating many of the NGSS cross-cutting concepts. Sessions will include:

  • Standards focus that supports student inquiry and communication

  • hands-on activities focused on implementation of data visualization

  • Strategies for using science exploration to promote greater engagement

A data visualization coding project. Smileys indicate shots made. Sad faces indicate shots missed

A data visualization coding project. Smileys indicate shots made. Sad faces indicate shots missed


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Novel Engineering

Grades K-8 • Suggested timing: two sessions or more

Inspired by kids and grounded in research, Novel Engineering is an innovative approach created by researchers at Tufts University to integrate engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school. Students use classroom literature - stories, novels, and expository texts - as the basis for open-ended engineering design challenges. WMSI works with Tufts University to deliver these programs to schools in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

A reading list for Novel Engineering project lessons

A reading list for Novel Engineering project lessons


Stop Motion Animation

Grades K-8 • Suggested timing: one session or more

A modeling tool for the classroom, stop motion animation is a popular creative process where students create movies through a frame-by-frame animation process.  WMSI staff have many years experience designing lessons utilizing animation as a modeling tool.  Animated models can be descriptive, diagrammatic, pictorial, and numerically based.  Animated model making is a very fun and engaging way to learn a wide range of STEM content.

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Makey Makey

Grades 3-8 • Suggested timing: one session or more

With the power of Makey Makey, teachers can inspire students to use conductivity to design interactive displays of knowledge. In this workshop born from student-created work, teachers will learn to create visual representations of books, science projects, anatomical projects, history, world geography, etc. Along with these curriculum foci, this workshop will integrate coding skills as well as electricity standards.

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Team Building

Grades K-8 • Suggested timing: one session or more

Minecraft Teambuilding - This workshop is designed to harness the powerful and creative world of Minecraft as a 3- dimensional space to explore concepts and create projects as a team. Concepts are perfect for teachers who have little experience with Minecraft. Topics include:

  • running a server

  • administering educational worlds

  • integrating Minecraft with curriculum

  • Designing team building challenges

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Makey Makey Extension - as an add-on to the Minecraft team building workshop, Minecraft team building uses the clever Makey Makey control board to create game controllers from classroom supplies. Activities will include group obstacle courses and shared character control.

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WMSI Programs

Growing Creative Problem Solvers

WMSI Staff: WMSI professional development staff share a passion and happy enthusiasm for designing and implementing student centered, project based STEM lessons. WMSI staff have strong backgrounds in education, science, and engineering with undergraduate, graduate, and significant work experience in the following areas:

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  • Curriculum and Instruction

  • Experiential education

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Meteorology

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Programming

  • Systems design

What a Workshop Looks Like: In a WMSI program we provide your teachers with access to resources, hands-on instruction with project-based lessons, and a place to brainstorm and communicate across grade levels after each session. Workshops will also help define a common language that teachers can use to discuss and implement NGSS Science and Engineering standards as well as CSTA Computer Science standards. Goals and barriers regarding implementation will be addressed at the end of each session and during optional video conference check-ins.

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Pricing:*

$1500/day for two WMSI instructors
$800/half day for two WMSI instructors
$500/half day for one WMSI instructor (small groups only)
$1000/day for one WMSI instructor (small groups only)

Prices include all of the R&D for the session, highly trained instructors, workshop materials, technical tools and troubleshooting, post-workshop email support, and photo/written documentation.

Contact us for a quote on consultations and initiatives.

*Additional fees may apply depending on the driving distance to your school

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