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Join us for a hands-on opportunity to engage in creative problem solving focused on the intersection of STEAM topics & sustainability.

Day 1: Professional Development Day - March 19, 2019

Day 1: Professional Development Day STEAM Tank Workshop for High School Teachers

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 3 pm.

Earn 5 professional development credit hours

The goal of the Day 1 program is to actively engage the teachers who will be bringing their students to the Day 2 program.

Teachers bringing students to the April Sustainability Symposium are invited to attend this professional development program that will give them the tools to prepare their students to participate in the planned Symposium hands-on STEAM Tank activity.  Teachers will be given additional tools that will help them facilitate similar STEAM programs within their schools.  The STEAM Tank activity encourages collaboration, team building and problem solving and encourages an environment of success with students as global citizens.

Teachers will receive 5 professional development credit hours for participating in this workshop, and will also be provided with a pre-Day 2 Symposium activity that they will complete with their students prior to the event on April 11, 2019. All schools that register for the Day 2 Symposium are asked to send at least one representative to the teachers’ workshop. The workshop will be designed for secondary Science teachers however, secondary teachers from all disciplines with an interest in Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics will be welcome to attend.

Board Members are welcome to attend and learn how the board of education can support teachers and students in the STEAM Tank Challenge.

Please note that teachers that register for both the Workshop AND Symposium will have priority registration should we exceed our capacity for this program.


Curriculum

Time Event Details
8:30 a.m. Arrival, Registration & Continental Breakfast  
8:55 a.m. Welcome   Rider University welcomes you to campus and sets the stage for the day’s program
9 a.m. Team Building Activity Team building activity presented by John Henry of the NJ School Boards Association and Joe Wittmer of the US Army
9:30 a.m. Rider University College of Education presentation Using authentic data and content knowledge to create sustainability solutions. Christine Laquidara-Kolvek, Project Manager, Rider University College of Education and Human Services and Karen Woodruff, US Satellite Lab.
10:30 a.m. STEAM Tank Challenge introduction Setting the stage for the design challenge through the lens of sustainability with John Henry of the NJ School Boards Association and Joe Wittmer of the US Army.
11:30 a.m. Lunch  
12:00 p.m. Team Challenge Teachers working in teams to create Green STEAM Tank Challenge projects
2:15 p.m. Team Presentations Team will present to the panel of judges and answer questions about their work. The winning team will be determined based on a scoring rubric.
3:15 p.m. Closing Summary, Q& A, reflection and survey
Day 2: Environmental Sustainability Symposium - Apr 11, 2019

Day 2: Environmental Sustainability Symposium for High School Students

Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Rider University, partnering with the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and the US Army, is inviting New Jersey high school students interested in STEM subjects, the environment, technology, business and conservation, (as well as their teachers) to participate in the Third Environmental Sustainability Symposium.  This daylong program will bring students together to learn about the tenets of sustainability and generate ideas about solutions for the 21st century. The STEAM Tank Challenge activity planned for the symposium creates meaningful connections between relevant content and the engineering concepts highlighted in the NGSS framework, within the context of a proposal of a Smart Idea. This format aims to develop successful learning opportunities that will encourage students to think about STEAM-based careers and studies as they prepare for college.

Outcomes include:

  • Experience thinking about environmental issues as an aspect of STEAM topics
  • Development of plans for a Smart Idea as a concrete business or project focused on solutions to current or anticipated sustainability issues
  • Improvement of public speaking and interview skills through idea presentations and responding to judge panel questions
  • Potential increase in the number of students who apply to college with an interest in STEM fields, environmental sciences, or sustainability majors
  • Increased consciousness and understanding of the intersection of environmental, economic, and equitable issues as a result of exposure to sustainability topics
  • Motivation to generate their own practical solutions to issues they are passionate about and feel empowered to move forward with these plans in the real world

Board Members are welcome to attend and learn how the board of education can support teachers and students in the STEAM Tank Challenge.

Please note that teachers that register for both the Workshop AND Symposium will have priority registration should we exceed our capacity for this program.


Curriculum

Time Event Details
8:00 a.m. Arrival, Registration & Continental Breakfast  
8:30 a.m. Welcome   Rider University welcomes you to campus to share our strengths in sustainability education and celebrate the importance of designing solutions for more resource conscious future.
8:35 a.m. Sustainability Change Agents: Rider Student Panel Discussion Current students and recent graduates will share their insight from work as a sustainability leader while in college and in their new careers. Students will hear how they can make changes in their own community, school, and workplace and become change agents for issues they are passionate about.
9:00 a.m. Setting the Stage for the STEAM Tank Challenge Given the three STEAM Tank Challenge suggested focus areas, groups will brainstorm and identify problem situations, a possible product modification or a completely new invention that group feels strongly about. Presented by John Henry of the NJ School Boards Association and Joe Wittmer of the US Army.
9:30 a.m. Looking at Rider’s Sustainability Up Close: Green Campus Tours Students will take a tour around campus and see energy and resource efficiency projects at work, from green buildings to the community garden.
10:20 a.m. STEAM Tank Challenge Project Design and Lunch Students groups will continue work on their STEAM Tank Challenge ideas.  Continued guidance will be provided by John Henry of the NJ School Boards Association and Joe Wittmer of the US Army.
12:45 p.m. Team Presentations Students will share their Green STEAM Tank Challenge projects with the panel of judges and answer questions about their work. The winning team will be determined based on a scoring rubric.
2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks  
2:10 p.m. Depart for Buses  

All adult stakeholders, facility managers, administrators, leadership, board members and teachers are welcome to attend all student sessions throughout the day.


Register for the Workshop and/or Symposium below

Advance registration for all school teachers, students, Board members, and other school representatives is required. Please complete the form below to submit your registration. You will then receive an email confirmation.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no charge for attendance, thanks to a generous grant provided by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Select high schools sending ten or more students (no more than 20 students per school please) may be eligible for a transportation waiver.

Please contact Melissa Greenberg, Sustainability Manager, Rider University, at [email protected] or (609) 896-5000, Ext. 7559 with any questions or to seek further information.

Register to Attend

 


Janssen Pharmaceuticals
NJSBA Steam Tank

Broncs Go Green
Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee