Center for Innovation in Education
June 19, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration in AD205 – snacks & beverages
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Introductions and set-up of the day
9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Stations
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Stations
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Closure – share products – reflection
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Optional tours
Future Teachers Academy
Open to Maine high school juniors (class of 2018), the Future Teachers Academy is for students who are interested in exploring the field of education will be able to participate in a daylong, hands-on and experimental teaching environment within STEAM-based curriculum taught by the talented Thomas College Education faculty on the College’s campus.
This academy is free, and includes morning snacks and lunch. Students will get a chance to participate in workshops, create projects, and will be able to take a tour of the College after the day concludes. Registration is below.
Breakout sessions include:
In this hands-on workshop, participants will examine the world of science through an artistic lens. Using microscopes, participants will examine a variety of different specialized cell types. Participants will design and create water color renderings of a specialized cell of their choice and will be challenged to represent both the structure (form) and the function of their specialized cell. Participants will leave with their own beautifully crafted watercolor rendering of a specialized cell and will be able to knowledgeably discuss the structure and function of the cell. Furthermore, participants will gain insight into STEAM education and engaging students in authentic, integration, and rigorous learning experiences.
Don’t Feed the Bears
“This is world-renowned skier, Molly Mogul.” Your teacher is holding what appears to be a normal-looking tennis ball at eyes level. “At this very moment, she is racing down a mountain at break neck speed.” Behind your teacher is a large, orange, crane-like structure, 12 feet tall with a blue ramp suspended from the top. “Just ahead of her, right in the middle of the trail, is…” Your teacher points to the bottom of the blue ramp, where there is a bear (a cardboard bear) — jaws wide open. “Your task is simple. Build a jump that will save Molly and deliver her safely into the ski lodge.” You teacher points to a 5 gallon bucket just behind the bear. You raise your hand, “I thought this was supposed to be physics class? This seems like a game.” “That’s correct.”
Where the Wild Things Are Brought to Life!
Step into the world of “Where the Wild Things Are” and learn how to bring this timeless Children’s book to life! In this session we’ll put on our “wild things” suit and explore creativity in four areas of the arts from mask making, to music, creative movement, and acting. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be like the main character Max to earn the title of “the most wild thing of all” by taming the wild things with the “magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all.” This session will also discuss gaming and the elements needed to turn the book into a game, and we’ll look to see what team can capture the crown and earn the title the most wild thing of all!
Welcome to Moscow
In this interactive session, future teachers will learn the needs of English Language Learners while being fully immersed in an environment where they become the language learners. Future teachers will come away with ideas of how to accommodate different cultures and ELLs in their future classroom.
Spider’s Web Challenge
In this team-based full body workshop, participants will work together to avoid certain destruction in a race against time to escape from a tangled web. Teamwork, problem-solving, planning, and communication will all be tested in order to overcome this challenge!