Submitted by the Central Florida STEM Education Council
A lot of hard work went into the planning and execution of the PBL Workshop that took place at I/ITSEC.
The Central Florida STEM Education Council and the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference presented the “I/ITSEC Central Florida Educator’s Day” on Wed., December 2, which highlighted the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Project-Based Learning (PBL) Workshop for teachers.
This workshop, provided by a collaborative team of expert PBL STEM instructors, engages teachers in their own hands-on learning by letting them try new lesson ideas for their classrooms. It also facilitates dialogue between PBL and industry professionals, while providing a set of relevant and accessible resources for teachers to use throughout the year.
Teachers representing counties throughout Florida participated, including Brevard, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lake,Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Orange. Muskogee, Georgia, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, were also represented bringing the total attendance to 74 teachers from 36 schools.
Once teachers completed the workshop, they were given the opportunity to tour the exhibit floor, including the STEM Pavilion, which had a very busy year!
STEM was very visible throughout I/ITSEC this year and the traffic for all the pavilion exhibitors was tremendous. The exhibitors represented a wide range of STEM education programs and organizations.
The 2015 STEM Pavilion booth participants were American Society of Civil Engineers Education Committee; Central Florida STEM Education Council; Department of Defense STEM Development Program Office (DoD STEM); E2i Creative Studio/UCF Institute for Simulation & Training; FIRST-U.S. Foundation for Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology; INDIENOMICOM; Melrose Center at the Orange County Library System; Orange County Tech Centers; NAF-Central Florida NAF Academies; National Center for Simulation-STEM; NAWCTSD and U.S. Naval Academy; nCASE-DimensionU and Materials World Modules; Orange County Public Schools; Orlando Science Center; Project Lead the Way; Robotics Club at UCF; SEAPERCH; Tech Sassy; UCF Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM); WUCF; and CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program by the Air Force Association.
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