Pre-Conference Workshops

This year, VSTE will be adding a pre-conference day on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 9 AM to 3 PM. This pre-conference will include a variety of longer, hands-on workshops led by certified and seasoned instructors. Check out the schedule here and registration will open on Monday, September 17, 2018. The pre-conference will be held at W.T. Cooke Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

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Full Day Workshops

Invention Literacy Workshop
9 AM – 3 PM
Trainer: Kim Montalvo
Cost: $75 includes lunch and the Makey Makey

Taught by a certified Makey Makey Training Partner, the Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun hands-on learning experience where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We’ll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing your own inventions! Participants learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used later when working with your students or training others. Participants receive a Makey Makey to take home along with a certificate of participation.

Google Level 1 Certification Bootcamp
9 AM – 3 PM
Trainer: Jennifer Rowan, Frederick County Schools
Cost: $75 includes lunch and a test voucher
Looking to “up” your Google game? Google Educator Level 1 certification shows that you know your stuff and are ready to integrate effectively and efficiently. The morning session will be led by a Google certified trainer. The afternoon will be spent taking the certification test. Participants are also included in the private VSTE Google Plus community where they can learn from other trainers and participants, practicing some of their skills prior to the certification day. 

Google Level 2 Certification Bootcamp
9 AM – 3 PM
Trainer: Patrick Hausammann, Clarke County Schools
Cost: $75 includes lunch and a test voucher
Are you already level 1 certified? Ready for the next step? The morning session will be led by a Google certified trainer. The afternoon will be spent taking the certification test. Participants are also included in the private VSTE Google Plus community where they can learn from other trainers and participants, practicing some of their skills prior to the certification day. 

Half Day Workshops

Take Apart Toys
9 AM – 11:30 AM
Trainers: Tina Coffey & Meg Swecker
Cost: $50 includes supplies

In this session, we will explore circuits and the physics of mechanisms while reverse engineering mechanical toys.  Unleash your inner mad scientist while combining different toy parts to design a completely new creature. Come see how we blend standards, creativity, and collaboration, with a whole lot of fun!  Join us as we make Frankentoys!

Bring Wonder To Elementary Kids With Dash and Dot
9 AM – 11:30 AM
Trainer: Jeff Mao, Wonder Workshop
Cost: $150 includes the robot/PD bundle

Let’s bring excitement and wonder to kids through robotics and coding with Dash and Dot. Learn why computer science and computational thinking skills are essential for all learners. Understand how to implement a computer science program that supports learning and critical thinking skills across the curricula. Participants will leave with the confidence that computer science for elementary-aged learners is appropriate and doable along with the knowledge of how it can be done, and where to find the resources necessary to do so. All participants will receive a PD Bundle (retail value $450) that includes a Dash robot and an online course enrollment to “Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Dash & Dot” as part of their registration fee.

Bring Wonder To Middle School Kids With Cue
12:30 – 3 PM
Trainer: Jeff Mao, Wonder Workshop
Cost: $150 includes the PD bundle

Let’s bring excitement and wonder to kids through robotics and coding with Cue. Learn why computer science and computational thinking skills are essential for all learners. Understand how to implement a computer science program that supports learning and critical thinking skills across the curricula. Participants will leave with the confidence that computer science for middle-school-aged learners is appropriate and doable along with the knowledge of how it can be done, and where to find the resources necessary to do so. All participants will receive a PD Bundle (retail value $500) that includes a Cue robot and an online course enrollment to “Introduction to Coding and Robotics with Cue” as part of their registration fee.

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