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Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School
Tuesday December 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Greg Kent, Technology Coordinator, Kailua Elementary School (HI)
Hosted by Dr. Jenny Nash, Head of Education Solutions Design Team and Curriculum Specialist, LEGO® Education
Sponsored by LEGO® Education
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Every student starts out creative and playful. Unfortunately, children start losing that edge and their confidence to try things as they age. In this edWebinar, watch Greg Kent, Technology Coordinator at Kailua Elementary School and Dr. Jenny Nash from the LEGO® Education team to learn how to help reverse the trend in your school by providing enriching experiences that build creativity and confidence with learning through play. This edWebinar demonstrates different approaches educators can take in order to integrate hands-on manipulatives to teach core competencies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to allow students to experience learning in a meaningful way. Using the element of play, students learn the value of teamwork, collaboration, and creative problem-solving, which unlocks their potential and enables them to shape their own futures.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to middle school teachers, school and district leaders, and STEAM and STEM-focused educators.
About the Presenter
Greg Kent was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He is the technology coordinator at Kailua Elementary School. He is the IT/EleMakery manager of the school and develops meaningful technology integrated units to co-teach with teachers. Greg wants to empower students to change their world.
About the Host
Dr. Jenny Nash serves as the education lead for LEGO® Education North America, where she provides direction and leadership in delivering meaningful education opportunities, curriculum, and professional learning for districts and schools. Previously, Jenny served as Director of Clinical Experiences and Director of Professional Development Schools at Marshall University, where she conducted STEM outreach and worked with student teacher candidates. She was also a general science teacher for middle and high school in West Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida.
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LEGO® Education offers hands-on, playful STEAM learning experiences based on the LEGO® system of bricks, hardware, software, and content for students and their teachers in early learning, primary, and secondary education as well as through after-school programs and competitions. These solutions create an environment for active, collaborative learning where students build skills for their future, a lifelong love for learning, and confidence in their ability to learn and solve problems, setting them up for lifelong success.