After Orientation - Steps for Getting Started

To make the process as seamless and comfortable as possible, here is a list of suggested steps to launch your lesson:

1.  Quick Review of Lesson: Everyone (including our teacher) do a quick review of the lesson.  (See attached)

  1. Review activities and which ones you might be interested in delivering
  2. See how lessons could be combined.  For example, the first 2 prep activities could be combined.  Perhaps Activity 4 and 5 could be combined.

2. Connect:  Team

  1. Exchange phone numbers and/or email addresses.  
  2. Select a leader who will keep everyone informed of lesson progress, etc.
  3. Meet in person or online with the teacher as soon as possible.  (as many on the team as possible)
    1. Gain practical information about school rules and procedures such as parking, visitor badges, etc.
    2. Work out the schedule of activities with the teacher.  Pick a start date (hopefully before end of January that works for all)
    3. Obtain advice about curriculum, scheduling, grouping, etc.
    4. Assign lesson components
    5. Join the STEMup Network (optional, of course)

3. Prepare: Volunteers:

  1. Practice at home:  use common materials you have at home
  2. STEMup staff will deliver materials to school 

4. Prepare:  Teacher

  1. Prep class now on upcoming lesson, giving them a very small overview of lesson
  2. Send media permission home for signature
  3. Administer survey to students
  4. Send letter to parents regarding unit (included in teacher manual)
  5. Divide students into teams
  6. Have students create and sign the learning/team contract

5. Deliver Lesson - ALL

  1. Facilitate lesson 
  2. Update team (copy us) on each lesson results
  3. Celebrate at project showcase at end
  4. Post comments and photos to site (particularly showcase)
  5. Participate in post-unit debrief

6. Evaluate – ALL

  1. Post project surveys and/or interviews
  2. Teacher administers post-project survey to students

7. Share Results and Pass it on...

  1. Participate in best practice event in June
  2. Encourage other colleagues to form teams

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Silent Identification

  • Each participant is asked to write words or draw pictures that describe themselves. This is done silently. They pin the picture on their chests, walk around and have everyone look each other over. Pictures are then shuffled and participants are asked to identify the person to whom the picture belongs.



Name Game

  • Sit in a circle. One person starts by using an adjective starting with the same letter as his or her first name, followed by the first name (e.g., Clever Claire, Kind Karen). The next person has to repeat the first person's adjective and name and then add his or her own. It goes around the circle and the last person has to repeat all the other names in order and end with his or her own.



Human Knot

  • Have a group of 10-15 stand very close together. Tell them to reach out their arms so all hands are jumbled and intertwined. Tell them to grab one hand for each of their hands, but not the hand of the person next to them. Now they are a human knot and must use teamwork to untangle themselves into one circle without letting go of their hands.



Toilet Tissue

  • Tell participants to take a length of tissue. Only after all have taken some, tell them for each panel of tissue they have to say one positive thing about themselves. (You could vary what they have to do or say for each tissue square, tailored to your objective. In another variation, use M&M's – for each color they have to say one thing. For example, if the color is yellow, they must say something sunny about themselves; if it’s red, they must share an embarrassing moment, and so forth.)

Video of the Week

A year in review!  Eleven classes and over 100 volunteers!

Model Lesson:  Team IBM @ Capital Middle

US2020 - The National STEM Education Challenge and Role of Mentors

Establishing Real World Connections with Projects  

Students are more engaged when learning relates directly to the world they live in. This video from Edutopia reinforces the need for community involvement in projects to add relevance.