New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
The challenge to setting up your first maker or STEAM camp can be very daunting to new comers to the game; you know what you want to teach and even the learning outcomes but you’re having a huge challenge in how to formalize that into an actual agenda, schedule, camp, or even a single class. These are all questions that we had when we went to setup our first camp called Tech-E. From that process and with refinement we have created a more formal process in which you merely string together what we call learning blocks to create a simple formula to setup maker and STEAM camps. This same strategy can be utilized to setup classes in a more formal K-12 classroom setting as well.
We will look at how the concept of learning blocks was created, refined, and utilized in our most recent two Tech-E camps. How hands-on and PBL (Project Based Learning) take the center stage in this strategy and how building a camp or even a lesson plan from learning blocks creates a totally immersive and engaging environment for the learner and makes it much more plug and play for the designer/instructor.
Our paper will also focus on the differences between implementing these learning blocks in a K-12 mixed environment (all grade levels, male and female participants) versus a much more homogenous cohort (all high school, all female) type of camp. A showcase of student products (from reflective pieces to actual creations) will be discussed along with how “check-ins” are built into the learning block challenges as a means to embed assessment into the project workflows dynamically and strategically without obstruction to achievement and/or engagement.
Pitcher, M. T., & Espinoza, P. A., & Gomez, H., & Anaya, R. H., & Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Hemmitt, H., & Perez, O. A. (2016, June), The Building Blocks for a Successful STEAM Camp: How to Utilize Learning Blocks to Make Engagement Happen (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26096
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