Core Element is a local non-profit that promotes quality teaching in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each summer, the organization hosts workshops, including their free Summer STEM Institute, running July 22 through July 13, a professional development series for math and science teachers.
The Institute uses proven curriculum promoting hands-on learning experiences for participants in areas such as coding, robotics, physical science, biology, Earth science, and the ecosystem. Specific topics include an introduction to coding, LEGO EV3 robotics, modeling method of instruction for biology, and Earth science activities.
Core Elements hopes the workshops will help teachers prepare to implement the new Louisiana Student Standards for Science, which were approved earlier this year.
“The new standards define the scientific knowledge and skills that students need to learn throughout their education to successfully transition to college and the workplace,” shared Core Element. “Customized to Louisiana, the multi-dimensional standards encourage rigor in the classroom while allowing teachers increased flexibility to go deeper into each standard.”
In addition to the Summer STEM Institute, Core Element is also hosting Hands-On STEM Summer Camps, engaging both teachers and students.