5 steps for a successful STEAM lab

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

Implementing a  STEAM Lab Program can be a challenge.  (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.) Today's guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen. If you're ready to implement STEAM or if you're doubtful, learn from someone who has successfully implemented STEAM.

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Last year I judged a robotics competition for Wonder Workshop. I was amazed at the incredible things students could do with Dash and Dot. Wonder Workshop robots make a fantastic addition to any STEAM Lab. Their robotics clubs make a great addition to any school.

Today’s Sponsor is Wonder Workshop: The Wonder Workshop robotics club is an excellent way to get students excited about STEAM. Sign up to start a club(They have some cool things to help you get going.)

My son loves the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop. He has been programming them over the summer as I continue to reinforce Computer Science at home. These cute robots will have a prominent place in my STEAM lab this fall.[/callout]

Show Notes:

  • How do you get students and parents excited about STEM?
  • How do you “sell” STEAM to administrators?
  • What are fun STEAM activities that students love?
  • How do you implement STEAM when you have everyone on board and ready to go?
  • What is a typical 5-year implementation plan for a STEAM lab?
  • What are some measurable points to determine if your STEAM program is successful?
  • How do you get STEAM back on track when it is not working for a school?
  • What are some of the common mistakes people make when implementing STEAM labs?

Alicia Roberts @teach2inspireu is currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory K-12 and founder of Teach2Inspire,LLC, an educational consulting firm working with districts, schools, and teachers to support a successful implementation of Technology Instruction related to the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping. She has worked with leaders in the industry to design workshops sharing the best free web-based education resources for K-12 educators.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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