Interested in using our curriculum with your middle schoolers? Do you want to learn how to incorporate sensor technology and science instruction? We have an exciting opportunity for teachers to take part in a 3-day summer course offered through Western Colorado University

In-person & Remote Options Teachers in a classroom exploring sensor equipment

The course will be offered in person and online at the same time with a hybrid learning model. Register through Western Colorado University’s Teacher Institute and feel free to reach out to us directly if you have any questions. 

Remote participants should register and get in touch with us ASAP so we can mail you the sensor equipment before the course begins. Remote participants will join us synchronously via Zoom. 

Dates

  • June 7-9, 2021

Course Details

  • Course Name: Sensor Immersion: Promoting Computationally Rich classrooms
  • Course instructors: Jeff Bush (Jeffrey.Bush@colorado.edu), Quentin Biddy (Quentin.Biddy@Colorado.EDU)
  • Cost: $170 for three days of instruction
  • Course Description:
    • This course supports middle school science and STEM teachers to incorporate sensor technology in their classrooms, increase student engagement and promote computationally rich communication.
    • Completion of this course makes teachers eligible for participation in a paid research opportunity with the University of Colorado Boulder and ability to participate in a (remote) professional learning community.
      • Teachers who decide to join the research study will be compensated $1200 for implementation and data collection relating to the sensor-immersion unit in their classrooms during the 2021-2022 school year.
      • CU will also provide Micro:bits and sensors for all course participants and full classroom sets to teachers who join the study.
    • Using a curriculum called, Sensor Immersion, teachers will investigate a phenomena relating to the Micro:bit sensors, create models to explain the phenomena, then learn to wire and program sensors, refine their models, create rich data displays and investigate phenomena on their own.
    • The programming is done with Make Code, a block-based interface designed for coding novices.
    • Teachers will explore how to adapt curriculum (co-designed by researchers at CU and local teachers) to their own classrooms.
    • The curriculum was designed for 6th through 9th grade Science and STEM classrooms but adaptations to other subjects and/or grades will be discussed.
    • Educators may participate in this course in person, on Western’s campus. Or they may synchronously join remotely for equal participation. Regardless of their participation format, this course will give teachers the tools, skills and knowledge to give all students equitable access to rich, relevant STEM experiences.