Educators will learn how to bring real world issues to the classroom using Design Thinking to solve water related problems highlighted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Explore how students can use simple circuits and block-based coding to transform a micro:bit into a basic water level monitor using the free, open source platform “MakeCode”. This hands-on workshop will give educators the opportunity to play with robotics components within the Climate Action Kit from Let's Talk Science participants and use computational skills and understanding, global competencies and design thinking to build a prototype solution to building meaningful climate change issues. This workshop will provide a classroom-ready learning experience for Grade 6 to Grade 10 students (for Teachers of Intermediate and Junior Secondary Grades).
Participants will need to bring their district laptop or their personal laptop for this workshop. All other resources will be provided to participants during the workshop.
After the workshop, participants will be able to register for the 2023-2024 Lets Talk Science STEM cohort program and be able to access a classroom set of the Climate Action Kit.
Participants will need to bring their own laptop (with full charge)
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I am Noel Abraham (they/them) and I am in my 5th year of teaching. I currently teach Secondary Math at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. I have previously taught Grade 4, Grade 6/7, Secondary Science and Math at Surrey Schools. I identify as queer and non-binary and have been an active LGBTQ2S+ ally.
I am highly passionate about STEM Education ever since I moved into the domain of education. My educational background is in Aerospace Engineering and I worked as a Propulsion Engineer in the Middle East prior to transitioning to a teaching career in Canada. While completing my B.Ed degree in Toronto, I volunteered for Let's Talk Science for 2 years and took STEM lessons into elementary schools within the Greater Toronto Area. I moved to BC to pursue my teaching career and began my teaching career with Surrey Schools. I completed my Masters in Science Education from UBC and teamed up with Let's Talk Science to be a Teacher Leader since 2019. Within my role as a Teacher Leader, I coached a team of teachers to embed Lets Talk Science STEM kits in their classrooms and present virtual STEM webinars. This year, I advanced my role within Let's Talk Science as a BC Western Regional Lead. Within my role, I support teacher leaders in their roles of promoting STEM learning and activities within their cohorts.