The past 2.5 days have been all about STEM education and I loved it! I had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 NYS STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute at Alfred State College. I had a poster highlighting research I had conducted on the Influential Factors of URMs and STEM Degrees.
I also got to listen to interesting keynote speakers, participate in some fun educational sessions, and network with fellow STEM Educators. I thought I would briefly talk about two of my favorite sessions:
Shrinky Dinks and STEM – The presenter provided us ideas on incorporating shrinky dinks in a Mathematics lesson on scale factoring. Naturally we got an opportunity to make our own shrinky dink — mine was artistic!
Coding with a calculator naturally appealed to my programming background. At the end of the workshop I had written (with the presenter’s guidance) a quick program to find the average of three numbers. Participants also got resources to assist in future programming opportunities 🙂
I truly enjoyed the institute and can’t wait to interweave some of the information into my job and create some fun STEM activities with the girls!