STEAM-Powered Social Studies
Explore and create : Creation lab
Saturday, December 5, 7:45–8:35 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Dr. Suzy Cox Michelle Gibbons Dr. Krista Ruggles
Explore how the richness of social studies can be fused with project-based learning, storytelling and integrative practices — with an emphasis on technology and robotics — to bring new levels of relevance and engagement.
|Audience:||Teachers, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Computer science & computational thinking|
|Subject area:||Social studies, Science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
The purpose of this presentation is to engage participants in exploring connections between STEM and Social Studies through the integration of technology and, particularly, robotics. Participants will:
- Describe connections between STEM and Social Studies
- Identify ways in which technology and robotics can be used to enhance learning and assessment in Social Studies
Challenge: More and more content and standards are being heaped on teachers, and the only way to explore essential subjects like Social Studies and Computer Science will be to integrate.
Technology: Ozobots, Hummingbird robots, Solar panels and circuits
Models: Inquiry to discover connections between STEM and Social Studies, Demonstration of lessons, Collaborative discussion.
Lesson Plans: Using Ozobots to tell personal histories, recount historical events, etc. Using Hummingbird robots to build interactive dioramas and other representations. Exploring power on the Navajo Nation through solar panels and circuits. Animating legends in Scratch.
Evidence of success: I presented a similar session at a massive district (85,000 students) professional development workshop and teachers were very pleased.
*Times depend on new session length and can be adapted as needed.
5 min. Welcome
10 min. Inquiry - online interactive element - what are connections between STEM and Social Studies? Compare definitions and examine other resources. Why should we connect the two? STEM equity, time constraints.
10 min Lesson 1 exploration: Ozobots and storytelling.
10 min Lesson 2 exploration: Building interactive dioramas, models of inventions, and other representations with Hummingbird.
10 min Lesson 3 exploration: Solar power on the Navajo Nation.
10 min Lesson 4 exploration: Scratch legends
10 min. Collaborative discussion - working with teachers across disciplines to generate lesson and project ideas.
5 min. Conclusion