Welcome to the STEM Hub!

Unfortunately, the STEM Hub’s physical location will be closing permanently as a result of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will continue to run professional development workshops virtually!

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The STEM Hub is conducting a series of Teacher Training workshops led by Dr. Katey Shirey. 

Dr. Shirey is a STEAM Education Specialist with 17 years of experience in teaching, teacher training, and curriculum development. Through her consulting business, eduKatey, Dr. Shirey is assisting teachers in the U.S. and around the world with integrated STEAM curriculum development, facilitation support, and the use of innovative educational technologies. Last year, Dr. Shirey utilized her skills to assist the STEM Hub with curriculum adaptation during the rapid transition to online learning necessitated by the pandemic. Prior to starting her own business, Dr. Shirey gained extensive first-hand experience in a STEM classroom thanks to a decade spent teaching and developing STEM curriculum at the university and high school level in various schools. She was also a finalist candidate for the 2012-2013 NASA Astronaut selection and worked as a teacher liaison with researchers at the IceCube Project at the South Pole Research Station in Antarctica. Dr. Shirey’s experience is supported by a thorough educational background in the subject after completing her doctoral studies in science education teaching, learning, policy, and leadership at the University of Maryland in 2017. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in teaching and two bachelor’s degrees in physics and studio art, supporting her ability to integrate the Arts into STEAM curriculum.

Upcoming Webinars with Dr. Shirey

To register for our upcoming webinars, please visit our Facebook. If you have a question, you can reach out to us at [email protected]. For more details on future webinars, please see below: 

Planning Learner-Centered STEM Lessons
April 3, 2021 from 12 to 3 PM EDT (GMT-4)

STEM instruction provides vibrant opportunities for student-centered instruction. By supporting to make decisions, explore their interests, and construct their own learning, students can become confident problem solvers. In this three-hour session, you will explore examples of six learner-centered strategies for STEM education. You will interact with sample materials, share your ideas and practices with colleagues, and leave with a practical next steps for planning learner-centered STEM lessons.
Project-Based Learning and STEM
May 28, 2021 from 12 to 3 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Project-based learning (PBL) excites student curiosity and motivates them to study STEM topics deeply from many angles. In this three-hour workshop, you’ll investigate an interdisciplinary high school PBL STEM unit, review a PBL framework, and learn how PBL differs from other types of instruction. You will reflect upon opportunities for bringing PBL to your classes and leave with a planning framework and great ideas to help you plan and assess your own PBL lessons. 
Integrating Engineering Design into Math and Science Instruction
June 25, 2021 from 12 to 3 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Engineering design challenges can help students understand the world and imagine themselves as agents of change. Engineering design can also provide a rich platform for learning and practicing math and science content in an engaging and relevant way. In this three-hour session, you will explore a STEM engineering design challenge, reflect upon potential uses for engineering design in math and science, and collaborate with other educators to explore opportunities to start using engineering in your classes right away. You’ll leave this session with tools, frameworks, and ideas related to your content area.
All high school STEM teachers are welcome. Specific content-area examples will be provided for Geometry, Algebra 1, and trigonometry, physics, chemistry, biology, programming.

Learn STEM from Home

The STEM Hub  worked rapidly to transform our curriculum into virtual challenges that students can do on their own at home, requiring only materials commonly found around the house. To get involved, check out our STEM challenges here!

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