2018 STEM Teacher National Workshop

STEM Teacher Workshop 2018

The 2018 UTCRS K-12 STEM Teacher National Workshop is an excellent opportunity for K-12 Educators, STEM Learning Coordinators, CTE Directors, Transportation and Railway Safety Educators, and Summer Camp Coordinators to learn how to incorporate Transportation Engineering in the classroom as a way to deliver STEM concepts to students of all grade levels.

During the one-day workshop, participants will be introduced to Railway Safety STEM - Elementary, Middle School, and High School curricula developed by UTCRS faculty and staff. Participants will learn to implement all the UTCRS curricula activities through hands-on training using Magnetic Levitation (MagLev) Kits, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits, and MakeBlock Robots using Scratch Programming (Arduino-Based). Our goal is to provide participants with hands-on experience, grade appropriate UTCRS curriculum and preparation to develop their own unique challenges for use within their classrooms, day-camps, and summer camps. 

Workshop Agenda

Saturday June 2, 2018 (8AM-5PM)

Lunch (12PM–1PM)

In our sessions, you will learn ways to implement STEM concepts with emphasis on transportation-related engineering and technology applications in the classroom. The workshop provides you with ideas that will allow your students to make the connection between STEM concepts and interactive hands-on experiences.  

Session 1: Exploring with MagLevs

Curriculum incorporates magnetic levitation kits that involve STEM concepts such as magnetism and railway transportation. The curriculum allows for interactive hands-on explanations of Newtonian Physics at an elementary level.

Session 2: Exploring with Lego Robotics

Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robot is the third generation robotics kit in Lego's Mindstorm line. The EV3 set consists of EV3 programmable brick, 2 large motors, 1 medium motor, 1 touch sensor, 1 color sensor, 1 infrared sensor, 1 remote control, cables, USB cable, and 585 TECHNIC elements. The kit will allow students to utilize high-level thinking to code robots for various operations providing a hands-on STEM learning adventure.

Session 3: Exploring with MakeBlock Robotics

Scratch, hosted by MIT, is a free visual programming language and online community used by millions of students around the world. With Scratch, you can create interactive stories, and share and discuss creations with other people, as well as program Arduino-based robots such as the MakeBlock Robots.

To better introduce participants to themes related to Transportation Engineering and Railway Safety in an interactive manner, all workshop sessions are hands-on. Please wear comfortable attire.

A registration fee of $55 USD will be required to complete your registration. This fee will provide you with the following services:

  • Enrollment in the one-day STEM workshop,
  • All levels of the developed UTCRS K-12 STEM Curricula,
  • Lunch and snacks throughout the day,
  • A University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) t-shirt,
  • All supplies needed for the one-day workshop,
  • A certificate of completion issued by the UTCRS. 

Register early, space is limited. Register by submitting an online application at:

K-12 STEM Teacher National Workshop - ONLINE APPLICATION

Continuing Education Teaching Credits

Anyone interested in obtaining continuing education teaching credits issued by the UTRGV Continuing Education (CE) Office will need to register at the following link and pay a separate fee of $30 for a total of eight (8) continuing education teaching credits.

Continuing Education Teaching Credits Registration Link:  

https://webapps.utrgv.edu/it/em/index.cfm?event=public.view.course&courses_id=15969&event_id=343

For more information, please contact:

The University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)
1201 W. University Drive
Engineering Portable EPOB4 1.100
Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999
Phone: (956) 665-8878

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