Children's Museum

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Teacher Professional Development session

Educator Professional Development

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab are currently closed in accordance with the recommendation of PA Governor Tom Wolf to limit large group activity and close the schools in Pennsylvania. 

We appreciate your continued interest in our Professional Development offerings and your patience as we navigate the “new normal”。  Please join our to stay up to date on Professional Development opportunities. 

Virtual Professional Development

In order to best support educators, we offer Virtual Professional Development (VPD) experiences around arts and making that include hands-on making, thoughtful discussions and collaboration with other formal and informal educators。  Act 48 hours available。 

If you have any questions or would like information on registration grants, please contact 彩库宝典apptdozier@xzeysm.com.

Weaving and Geometry

July 2, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am
EST
Cost:  $30 per participant — Grants available, please contact tdozier@xzeysm.com.

Warp and weave alongside other educators and museum professionals and find ways to connect the process of weaving to geometry concepts. Experiment with a variety of warping and weaving techniques using different shaped looms and weaving patterns. It’s helpful, but not required, for participants to have a basic understanding of weaving.

Participants Should Have These Supplies on Hand (please gather beforehand):

Prepared loom (—experiment with making a larger size loom)
Cardboard
Scissors
Pencil and paper
Yarn or other weaving fiber (2 or more colors would be helpful if possible)
 
Optional items:
Alternative weaving fiber (fabric strips, plastic or mesh bag, shoelaces, flowers, herbs)
Tapestry needle
Ruler
Embroidery hoop
Flat circle object for tracing (plastic lid, roll of tape, etc.)
“Y” or “V” shaped tree branch
Frame loom

REGISTER HERE.

Backyard STEAM - Get Ready to go Outside!

July 23, 2020
1:00 -2:00 pm EST

Cost: $30 per participant

Learning happens all around, including outdoors! Let’s spend the afternoon outside (weather permitting) engaging in STEAM learning experiences. We will take time to notice the world around us and how many aspects of nature can inspire opportunities for STEAM education.

The intent of this professional development is to encourage participants to engage from an outdoor location. There will be built-in time to step away from the screen and explore nature.

Participants Should Have These Supplies on Hand (please gather beforehand):

Plastic cup
Cling wrap
Rubber band
Scissors
Water
String (at least 48 inches or more)
Measuring tape or ruler
Paper and pencil
Optional, but helpful if accessible
Popsicle sticks, dowels, or skewers (4)
Camera (can be any kind: polaroid, phone or tablet camera, etc.)
Blanket or towel to sit/lay on outside

REGISTER HERE.

Computational Thinking Unplugged

July 28, 2020
1:00 -2:00 pm EST
Cost:  $30 per participant

Explore low-tech and low-budget ways to introduce computational thinking to a variety of audiences. Try a variety of fun and expressive techniques and exercises to start thinking like a computer, without using one. Join museum professionals to engage in a variety of activities that can be done away from a keyboard.

Participants Should Have These Supplies on Hand (please gather beforehand):

Paper (multiple pieces)
Drawing tool
Straight edge (ideally a ruler)

REGISTER HERE.

Making: The Best of It

August 6 - 7, 2020
Two Daily Sessions Each Day: 
10:30 am - Noon and 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern ST
Registration closes July 16

$225 per participant — Grants available, please contact tdozier@xzeysm.com.

REGISTER HERE.


Making is about more than just having a space or stuff—it’s about a mindset. How do you begin to cultivate that mindset in yourself, and in your learners? Join museum professionals to:

  • Participate in four 90-minute, sessions over two days
  • Engage in virtual workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
  • Explore the “nuts and bolts” of making through hands-on activities and discussions
  • Use MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research tools to delve deeply into the learning that happens through making
  • Earn six Act 48 credit hours (PA teachers)

Materials provided:  A majority of the materials you'll need, and additional resources, are included with the session and will be mailed to you after registration.

We recommend attending with another educator, librarian, or administrator from your organization, so you can support each other’s efforts and implementations beyond the "Making: The Best of It" sessions.

Core Professional Development Offerings

In-person professional development offerings will resume at a later date to be determined by local and national health and safety recommendations. For inquiries or more information, please contact tdozier@xzeysm.com.

Maker Educator Boot Camp

A four-day immersive experience

Developed through years of experience and research in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Boot Camp emphasizes that maker education is about more than a space and the right tools. Participants will: 

  • Work in individual and group settings for both hands-on activities and discussions
  • Attend four process-focused workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
  • Use both MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research tools to delve deeply into the learning that happens through making
  • Use visioning tools designed by the Museum’s Learning and Research department to inform institutional direction as it relates to making

We recommend attending with another representative of your institution, be it a teacher, librarian or administrator, so you can support each other’s efforts and implementations beyond Boot Camp.  Act 48 hours provided.

Pixar In a Box

A five-day immersive experience

Dive into a week-long professional development learning experience in the Pixar storytelling process.  Designed by its senior artists and computer scientists, Pixar in a Box (PIAB) allows you to become part of a creative storytelling team, creating digital storyboards while integrating important art and language skills. Engage with PIAB resources, as well as additional resources created especially for educators. Learn how PIAB enhances core school-based content areas and techniques for integrating PIAB into work with students. Educators completing the PD workshop will receive an official Pixar in a Box classroom certification and Act 48 credit.

Professional Development programs are supported by Federal Express.

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