WORKSHOP SESSION 3
MONDAY, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
STEAM in Nature is Wild!
Dr. Winnie Black,PSAYDN-Project Accelerate
Participants will engage in multiple activities designed for families and youth using natural and recycled materials. Participants will learn about resources for developing and implementing activities related to the engineering design cycle. A fun time for all!
Upstream/Downstream: Forming Partnerships that Go with the Flow
Lydia Martin, Director of Education, Lancaster County Conservancy
Inspiration and energy! Lydia Martin, Director of Education for the Lancaster County Conservancy--passionate advocate for environmental education motivates people to work together to maximize outreach to local youth. Learn how an exciting and successful field experience was created for students to connect with their environment, collect data, and explore their local area. Be educated on this adaptable model the Lancaster County Conservancy used with our partners -NorthBay Adventure and Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteer educators. Lydia will team up with Rebecca Whitson, Eastern Lancaster County educator and Master Naturalist, who will connect standards and provide a variety of free resources. Try the outdoor activities and make connections, which will help you in your quest to educate, inspire and have fun outdoors.
The Power of Questions
Taiji Nelson, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
How can we improve our ability to ask questions that inspire wonder and curiosity? In this indoor workshop we will experiment with the properties of ice balloons (frozen balls of ice), while observing interesting and beautiful phenomena. We will reflect on the important role of questioning, discuss the different types and qualities of questions, and work together to develop guidelines for asking questions that create powerful learning experiences.
Safety Issues in Environmental Education (Required for EE Certification)
Fran Bires, PAEE Program Administrator for EE Certification
Teaching and learning in an outdoor natural setting is an invaluable experience for leaders and learners alike. At the same time, leaders need to take into consideration safety factors that can help define a positive experience, or create a negative experience that can have lasting effects on a learner. This session will cover safety issues ranging from interactions with wildlife, bites and stings, needs of participants, dressing appropriately and methods and approaches for leaders. This workshop is required for those who have applied for Non-Formal EE Certification.
Birds for Early Childhood Learners (Extended Session)
Scott Detwiler & Gabi Hughes, Audubon Society of Western PA
Birds are among the most accessible of wildlife. This fast-moving survey workshop will acquaint you with some common birds, provide tips for attracting birds to the school ground, review useful apps and curricula, demonstrate how birds can be used to meet early childhood standards, and sample age-appropriate activities both inside and outside the classroom.
Welcome to the Climate Playground: Building Solutions-Focused Activities that Facilitate Climate Change Conversations (Double Session 2 of 2)
Mandi Lyon, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Katy DeMent, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse; Mary Ann Steiner, Steiner Learning Design
In this workshop, CUSP partners from Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse will demonstrate a “Climate Playground” of hands-on activities that focus on manageable pieces of climate conversations, and open dialogue between facilitators and participants. After deconstructing the features that make an activity attractive in aesthetics, content, and facilitation, interdisciplinary teams will collaborate in constructing activities relevant to topics of interest and use repurposed materials to build prototypes. This process will be useful to educators desiring to create custom tools of their own, as well as those interested in replicating the maker-workshop process with their own audiences