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Saturday, May 12
 

11:00am

Design Thinking and Civic Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

How can we help young people expand their approach to solving problems in their community? How might community engagement practices benefit from a human centered design process? Join us to discuss the natural and meaningful connection between the design thinking process and civic engagement. Using examples of student projects from the course Senior Capstone: Civic Engagement and Social Innovation at Windward School, we will explore how pressing social issues in our community can be better understood through interviewing, brainstorming, iteration, prototyping and feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Willens

Jennie Willens

Windward School
Jennie Willens has worked in Independent Schools in Los Angeles since 2002. As an arts educator, she built performing arts programs and directed productions at Brentwood School (grades K - 12) focused on interdisciplinary learning, diversity in the classroom and connecting the skills... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)

11:35am

Predator-Prey Simulations using Python and Jupyter Notebook
Limited Capacity seats available

Both Mirman's Director of Technology and 7th grade science teacher are data nerds. While looking for a way to integrated computational data analysis with the life science curriculum, we happened upon the idea of using Jupyter Notebooks to guide the inquiry and teaching of these tools. Jupyter allows text/images to coexist with executable code, resulting in a "literate program" that reasons its way through the code. In this case, students reasoned their way toward using the Lotka-Volterra model to simulate how predator and prey populations in a given ecosystem correlate.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Taggart

Michael Taggart

Director of Technology, Mirman School
Michael Taggart is Director of Technology and Chair of Education Technology for Mirman School. Since 2011, he has worked in independent schools to improve the implementation of technology from both infrastructural and instructional perspectives. A self-taught programmer using freely-available... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 11:35am - 12:05pm
470 Science building (second floor - middle)

12:45pm

Lamps!
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interactive session, we will design and build functional lamps. We’ll start with a brief presentation of student work and a demonstration on light and socket wiring. Participants will then design and build a lamp using a variety of materials and be able to take their creations home at the end of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Thoma

Katie Thoma

3D Design techer, Windward School
Katie Thoma teaches 3D Design and is the Associate Director of the STEAM program at Windward School. Her classes combine traditional sculptural methods with 3D digital modeling. She has a background in fine art, majoring in sculpture at the University of Florida and later earning... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
960 900 building (Design Studio - near plaza)

12:45pm

Using Hummingbird Robotics for Content-Specific Concepts
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we leverage the use of coding/robotics to enhance the student learning experience in any discipline? How do we teach coding to a differentiated group? Based on a project completed in the 8th grade science classes at Windward, in which students designed interactive museum exhibits on various Earth Science concepts, this workshop will walk its participants through the experience of introducing coding and robotics for the purpose of completing a content-focused project. Participants will get a chance to design and build their own Hummingbird project based on a content-specific concept of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kloeker

Kevin Kloeker

Teacher, Windward School
avatar for Geraldine Loveless

Geraldine Loveless

Science and Technology Teacher, Windward School
Geraldine Loveless encourages students to explore science concepts and utilize tech tools to apply these understandings to real life challenges.  Her students work with apps, software, and lab experiments to explore problems and develop understandings, then use 3D design, 3D printing... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
455 Science building (second floor - south end)

2:40pm

Sewing with Circuits
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn about wearable technologies. The presenter will first describe her experience launching a new arts elective class to middle-schoolers, “Sewing with Circuits,” then will give attendees a chance to sew their own simple circuit.

Speakers
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Katie Topper

Educational Tech Director, Julia Morgan School for Girls
Katie Topper is the Educational Director of Technology at Julia Morgan School for Girls, where she was a founding member. She teaches technology and media literacy and supports teachers with using technology and​ digital​ tools in all classes. Besides launching and overseeing... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
960 900 building (Design Studio - near plaza)

2:40pm

SPRKing Student Interest in STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore the Sphero SPRK+ Robot as an interdisciplinary tool for introducing design, coding and data collection into your STEM curriculum. In this hands-on workshop, you will design, build and code a Roman chariot (that’s humanities!) for your Sphero and then analyze the data collect to develop an understanding of science concepts such as kinematics, Newton’s Laws and rotation. You will leave with a collection of coding activities that work across disciplines and across grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Walters

Eric Walters

Director of STEM Education, Marymount School of New York
Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York, where he teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Atmospheric Science and Videography: Shot on iPhone.  An Apple Distinguished Educator, Eric believes that transformative teaching and learning occurs... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
485 Science building (second floor - north end)

2:40pm

Tin Can Kinetics, Making Automata Accessible
Limited Capacity full
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We will be making simple crankshaft based toys from readily sourced materials. Using common household items like: tin cans, coat hangers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles we will make clever machines. Covering the basics of using small tools for forming wire, drilling holes and creating simple crankshafts for our kinetic contraptions. In this fun workshop we will also talk about additional applications for STEAM integration.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Kramer

Aaron Kramer

Artist • Educator, Urban Objects
I am a sculptor/painter/inventor/teacher making artwork in Santa Monica, California. I have taught Art and Tinkering to kids from preschool to college. Additionally I teach teachers how to use powertools, safely passing on that knowledge to children. I have been professionally selling... Read More →


Saturday May 12, 2018 2:40pm - 4:25pm
CREATE Studio (810) 800 building (facing the bridge)