Monday, August 13, 2018

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 11:15 AM General Session
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch on Your Own
12:30 PM – 3:15 PM Workshops



Integrating Project-Based Learning STEM Experiences into Your K-3 Classroom or Afterschool Program
At present, it appears that inadequate attention is being paid to the integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in grades K-3. Research shows that early exposure to hands-on STEM learning can increase youths’ interest, engagement, and overall skill level preparing them for life success. This course will help prepare educators for this challenge.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of the basics of project-based learning and STEM
  • Be able to identify and utilize the 12 core elements of quality STEM learning experiences
  • Hands-on experience with over three different science and engineering units
  • Gain comfort and confidence leading STEM hands-on lessons
  • Learn how to adapt project-based activities for different age groups of young children including special needs youth
  • Have more than 20 STEM resources readily available at their fingertips

Integrating Authentic Citizen Science Learning STEM Experiences into Your Classroom or Afterschool Program
Citizen science can help in conservation and protecting natural resources in three ways: Increasing scientific knowledge like a scientist, encouraging related 21st century skills and interest in science-related careers. Citizen scientists can contribute in many ways including helping to track patterns in space or time, in the discovery of species and fostering environmental stewardship issues. Citizen Science projects and activities flow across a variety of fields including ecology, astronomy, medicine, computer science, statistics, psychology, genetics, engineering and many more.

Four common features of citizen science practice include the participation of everyone; participants use the same protocol so high-quality data can be combined and used; citizen collected data can help real scientists come to real conclusions; and a wide community of scientists and volunteers work together and share data.

Contribution of Multimedia to Girls’ Experience of Citizen Science

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of the basics of citizen science projects and STEM
  • Begin to learn about citizen science project funding
  • Learn about current citizen science project connections in their region
  • Learn how to remotely contribute to a citizen science study and provide, analyze, or report data that researchers can use
  • Become experienced with sample citizen science lessons that can be adapted for youth in grades K-12
  • Gain comfort and confidence leading STEM hands-on lessons
  • Have over 20 citizen science resources readily available at their fingertips

Both workshop are presented by Dr. Winnie Black, National STEM LEAD and STEM Special Projects Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities/Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network


Act 48 Credits

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend session(s) from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID (PPID) number on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork supplied by the Center for Schools and Communities to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, check the appropriate box on the registration form. Retrieve your PPID number from the Professional Education Record Management System and bring it with you to the conference.



Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, 1st Floor Commonwealth B
Camp Hill, PA 17011


Registration Information

  • There is no fee to attend the training
  • Cohort 7, 8 and 9 grantees who have not previously attended a 21st CCLC regional STEM training in May-June are invited to attend

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For any conference registration questions, contact Jeanette Consagra, administrative assistant, at (717) 763-1661 ext. 110 or