Our Goal is to Empower Students through a Virtual Game Design Challenge with support from Game Development ProfessionalsWith many schools adopting a virtual or hybrid plan this school year, students are missing out on the opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM experiences with their friends and classmates. To help fill this void, and encourage learning, computational thinking, and fellowship, Legends of Learning and International Game Developers Association (IGDA) are hosting a month-long Dell Technologies Advancing Sustainability Game Design Challenge. This virtual experience will enable K-12 students to learn more about game development and practice critical thinking while expanding their portfolios.
About the CompetitionWe are excited to provide all learners with an opportunity to design a game, no matter their device-access, age, or previous experience. Depending on the grade level and experience of the participating students, there will be two different tracks they can participate in:
Thanks to our amazing partners, there will be weekly presentations throughout the month of March from Game Development Professionals that correspond to the week’s lesson.
To encourage fellowship and collaboration, students can work independently or in teams of up to 5 people. In order to participate, all students must have their teacher register their team.Teachers are welcome to register multiple teams.
Any questions regarding the competition can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your submissions!
Help Georgia K-12 students turn their dreams into reality with Intellectual Property in the Classroom
Georgia K-12 educators, do you want to learn fun and engaging ways to encourage your students to take ownership of their ideas and discover the fascinating ways their imaginations can be used to benefit themselves, their communities, and our world? This two-hour complimentary webinar, presented by the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance, is for you!
This interactive professional development workshop will show Georgia’s K-12 educators how to help their students harness the power of Intellectual Property (IP) in turning their ideas and dreams into reality. The session will provide educators with ideas on how to seamlessly integrate IP into their lessons, helping students gain a better understanding of how IP can be used to protect their ideas as they grow into young innovators. Educators may also benefit personally from the information presented in this webinar as they learn how to protect and even monetize their own creative ideas!
Attendees who complete the full complimentary live webinar will receive two hours of CEU credit. Cannot attend the live webinar? Register anyway, and you will receive a link to a recording of the session.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 PM
This webinar will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for accessing the session upon registering.
In additional to our virtual-live lessons, we are excited to offer another virtual resource to your educators. We have launched our pre-recorded virtual lesson videos. The videos run in length from roughly 7 to 18 minutes, depending on which one is selected.
To request a video, please contact me directly at email@example.com with the following information:
Please share with your educators and thank you for your continued partnership. As always, the lessons are free and align with the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Educators can also find additional energy efficiency resources like experiments, interactive games, word searches, and activity sheets at www.learningpower.org [learningpower.org].
STEM@GTRI is excited to announce the launch of our new Direct to Discovery series, There’s More Than You Think! These 45-minute sessions, held through the BlueJeans Events platform, will feature regional leaders in computer science, each with a diverse background and role. Through interactive Q&A and accompanying literacy-based resources, we aim to help foster a computer science identity – particularly for students who may not yet visualize themselves as belonging to the technology workforce. Guest speakers will share what their work is like, how they arrived at their current role, and advice for students. Each speaker will highlight areas of computer science and technology important for the future workforce. All K-12 classrooms are welcome to join!
Interested teachers can learn more and register for upcoming sessions at https://gtri.gatech.edu/d2d/d2d-computer-science-careers-series
February is approaching and STEM/STEAM learning is in the air!!! Join us as we "Go LIVE" with our February Professional Development. Please share the attached flyer with colleagues and friends. The information about sessions and registration are listed below as well as attached.
Mark your Calendars and Join Us as We Go Live in 5,4,3,2,1...See you in February!!!
SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR ARTS INTEGRATION- Click to Register
February 9th, 4:00 PM
Join us for a chat with Sally Baker from PAIR and Rebecca Pogue with the Alliance Theatre to learn more about arts integration. From simple body movements to classroom games, you will leave this session will several easy-to-implement strategies that will make integrating the arts feel easier than you imagined!
From STEM Forum to Whole School STEM Certification-Click to Register
February 16 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us online! This session will tell a unique and interesting story of how attending a session on solar energy at the STEM Forum sparked an entire STEM movement at Thomson Middle School. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions live!
Drew Charter’s STEAM Cohort Model- Click to Register
February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Are you considering getting the STEAM ball rolling at your school? How does that happen from a grassroots approach? Come meet members of our STEAM Cohort and learn about the benefits to your staff and school of using this method to achieve buy-in and measurable change. Join live to ask questions and connect with other leaders and educators who are passionate about STEAM teaching and learning.
Pine Ridge Elementary’ s Aquaponics Journey- Click to Register
February 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Have you ever visited a STEAM/STEM school and been overwhelmed by the aquaponics and hydroponics displayed throughout the building? You are not alone! Join us for a chat with the 4th-grade team from Pine Ridge Elementary as they detail their journey from blank walls to a living aquaponics data wall!
Vertical Alignment & Cross-Cutting Concepts- Click to Register
February 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
This session will highlight the importance of planning across grade levels and disciplines when creating a middle school STEM program. The session will also identify Crosscutting Concepts in Earth, Life, and Physical Science. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Thomson Middle School leaders including session.
Sally Creel & Tania Pachuta are members of the STEM & Innovation team in the Cobb Division of Teaching & Learning.