CREATEiT: Learning by Making

CREATEiT: Learning by Making

Fall 2017

We will be offering two sections, one hosted by the Annville-Cleona School District and the second held at Penn State Berks.

This course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to use Maker tools to stimulate design thinking in students and how to develop a design culture in which exploration, questioning, problem solving, and making mistakes are seen as valued aspects of the classroom community. One of the main tools teachers will learn in this workshop is how to think about design as creative learning opportunities for their classroom. To accomplish this, we will first introduce participants to fundamental design concepts, building on ideas of science inquiry, and other previous teaching experiences. We will then introduce a variety of tools teachers can use as objects to set the stage for design. In this way, teachers can decide what tools they enjoy working with and begin the process of thinking about how to incorporate design exploration into classroom activity.

The course will include in-class sessions supplemented by online activities. Online modules will help participants to reflect on learning outcomes and strategies for effectively implementing the technologies in their classrooms. The hands on sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to use Maker technologies. The sessions will be structured so that participants with varying levels of experience with the tools will benefit.

Section I held at Annville-Cleona School District:

  • September 18 Learning by Making: Introduction
  • September 25 Using littleBits to Teach Design Thinking
  • October 2 Using littleBits continued
  • October 9 Using TinkerCAD to Teach Design Thinking
  • October 16 Using TinkerCAD continued
  • October 23 Using Lego Robotics to Teach Design Thinking
  • October 30 Using Lego Robotics continued
  • November 6 Design Thinking Review
  • Nov 13-Dec 8 Students will complete readings and assignments online as well as develop final projects. Required only for students enrolled for student credit.
  • December 11 Student presentations. Optional for ACT 48 students.

Classes will be held from 5pm-8pm.

To view specific details on each class, please CLICK HERE.

Registration Options:

Non-Credit

Fee: $250 includes instruction and materials
Please click here to register for CREATEiT: Learning by Making in Annville

Credit

Students may enroll as graduate non-degree students in SCIED 460: Trends and Issues in STEM

Please enroll for the credit option by emailing BK-AdultStudent@psu.edu.

Section II held at Penn State Berks:

  • October 11 Learning by Making: Introduction
  • October 18 Using TinkerCAD to Teach Design Thinking
  • October 25 Using TinkerCAD continued
  • November 1 Using littleBits to Teach Design Thinking
  • November 8 Using littleBits continued
  • November 15 Using Lego Robotics to Teach Design Thinking
  • November 29 Using Lego Robotics continued
  • December 6 Integrative Activity

Classes will be held from 5pm-8pm.

To view specific details on each class, please CLICK HERE.

Registration Options:

Non-Credit

Fee: $250 includes instruction and materials
Please click here to register for CREATEiT: Learning by Making at Penn State Berks