STEAM & Making in Informal Learning Environments (SMILE) Community of Practice (COP)
Formed in 2016 for the purpose of convening free and open conversations and learning opportunities around STEAM and making in informal learning environments of all types. Our industries are at a turning point. To fulfill our role as informal learning institutions, we must now seek to support the development of critical 21st century skills. Let's learn from one another as we break new ground.
SMILE COP at WNYLRC
March 8, 2018 from 10am-3:30pm
10-11am – SMILE COP leaders - intro to SMILE COP and Getting Involved!
11:00-11:15am – break
11:15am-12:00pm – Quinn Anx, Girl Develop It!
Session / talk description:
Interested in STEAM? There are so many ways to be involved! Girl Develop It's mission is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code. For younger students, there are a variety of pre-college programs geared to helping you hone your skills and interests.
Quintessence is an IT professional who specializes in cloud infrastructure and is currently working at ACV Auctions. Outside of work, she is a chapter leader for the Buffalo chapter of Girl Develop It, an organization that helps women pursue careers in computer programming by running classes, workshops, and networking events. She can be reached on Twitter at @QuintessenceAnx.
12:00-1:00pm – lunch break (bring a brown bag lunch, though a light lunch of pizza and salad will also be available!)
1:00-2:15pm – Catt-Allegeny demos, Lego Robotics and Ozzobots and, STEM in Literature
Robotics & coding playground
We will introduce our robot and coding challenges for the participants. Everyone on the sessions will rotate through stations and lear to program a Microbit, a Sphero mini, Dash and dot, Cubelets to complete challenges. We will also have easy challenges to complete activities in the coding apps Hopscotch and Scratch Jr.
Rob Miller, CA BOCES Professional Development
Ryan McGinnis, CA BOCES Professional Development
STEM in the Literature Classroom
Clay Nolan is a former elementary education teacher and he has a master's in STEM education. He is the STEM coordinator for CA BOCES
2:15-2:30pm – break
2:30-3:30pm – Don Watkins, Raspberry Pi and SCRATCH
The Raspberry Pi is a small computer — credit card sized — that was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation of the UK to help teach basic computer skills in schools. Public Libraries Online refers to them as "the Tinker Toys of the 21st century." They are so powerful, flexible, adaptable and affordable, costing as little as $35 for a basic unit. Now they are used in all sorts of settings for all sorts of purposes.
This session will include a presentation of the Raspberry Pi and how it can be used in public, school, academic or even special library settings to support maker education and maker spaces including learning how to program with the Python computer language.
Participants will learn how and where to purchase Raspberry Pi computers along with inexpensive peripherals including keyboards and mice. Participants will learn what it takes to assemble a Pi, setup the software and connect it to a display terminal. Participants will also learn where to find staff development materials along with some open educational resources which can be used in libraries to support a variety of topics including maker education.
Don Watkins is an educator, education technology specialist, entrepreneur, open source advocate. M.A. in Educational Psychology, MSED in Educational Leadership, President of Blount Library Trustees, Vice President Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library Trustee. Retired from public education with 26 years as a technology director at Franklinville Central School. Currently writing for Opensource.com where I have authored over 100 articles about free and open source software including a half dozen about the Raspberry Pi platform. Currently teaching a weekly Python programming class for home schooled youth in the Franklinville, New York area.
3:30pm wrap up
Leah Kraus, Director of Community Engagement & Experience and Pete Cioppa, Director of Technology Integration from Fayetteville Free Library are co-founders of the SMILE COP movement
Quintessence is an IT professional who specializes in cloud infrastructure and is currently working at ACV Auctions. Outside of work, she is a chapter leader for the Buffalo chapter of Girl Develop It, an organization that helps women pursue careers in computer programming by running classes, workshops, and networking events.
Rob Miller is withthe CA BOCES Professional Development
Ryan McGinnis is with the CA BOCES Professional Development
Don Watkins is an educator, education technology specialist, entrepreneur, open source advocate.