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Engaging Texas Students in Real-World STEM Problem-Solving
Monday, November 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Susan Patterson, a Texas high school math teacher; with Stephen Szyndler, a Texas high school engineering teacher
Sponsored by Spark 101
Most teachers agree that schoolwork relevant to real-world challenges and experiences plays a key role in keeping students engaged. But do you always have the resources necessary to bring your curriculum to life?
In this webinar, learn how to use Spark 101’s free real-world, TEKS-connected case study videos to engage your students in problem-based learning—with authentic problems from business, government, nonprofits, and academia.
Susan Patterson, a Texas high school math teacher and Spark 101 Teaching Fellow, and Dr. Stephen Szyndler, a high school engineering teacher with Fort Worth ISD, presented on how Spark 101 energized their classrooms. Learn more about how Spark 101 helped them to engage and motivate their students and improve their students’ problem solving skills.
Segments will include:
- How to navigate the Spark 101 website to access free case study videos, lesson plans, and resources
- How to engage your students with real world scenarios, each with an authentic in-the-field problem to solve along information about related career and education pathways
- How Spark 101’s unique three-part video structure and supporting tools can help your students make connections to prior knowledge, solve the problem, and shape future impact and meaning
- Examples of ready-to-use case study videos featuring Texas employers Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Sodexo will be demonstrated
Watch for an interactive session that will help everyone better understand how Spark 101’s free problem-based learning resources can help you succeed.
Grade 7-12 STEM educators and STEM coordinators/administrators in Texas will especially benefit from this session. All educators are invited to attend to learn about Spark 101’s free real-world STEM case study videos and supporting classroom resources.
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Susan Patterson is a high school math teacher at the Uplift Summit International Preparatory in Dallas, TX, where she teaches Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus. She also is a Spark 101 Fellow. As a former research engineer for AT&T, Susan has brought excitement and rigor to her classroom in the form of real applications for more than 15 years.
Dr. Stephen Szyndler is a high school engineering teacher at Green B. Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, TX, where he teaches STEM courses in the Engineering Design program. He also is a Spark 101 Teacher Leader. As a former Master Training Specialist in the Navy, Stephen uses his expertise and enthusiasm to motivate his students to attain STEM credentials and apply what they are learning to solve real-world problems.
Spark 101 unites educators and students with private- and public-sector employers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Through the use of “case study” videos, Spark 101 not only makes potentially difficult academic content more understandable for students in middle school and high school classrooms—it helps them envision potential careers.