Reflections on NASA MMS 2014 STEAM Camp and Extended Learning Experience
DISD STEAM camp is turning into a wonderful experience. Daily our 18 teachers are learning new approaches after camp to utilize both in their classroom next fall and in an extended learning trip to NASA later this weekend. STEAM teachers are facilitating true 21st century learning experiences and giving low income students in our community opportunities to extend learning outside of DISD.
Teachers have had little to no exposure to the purpose of NASA’s MMS mission until they began training last week. Each day we meet and teachers are exposed to a little more information and resources. We have worked to bring in experts for both professional development and to help with the STEAM camp via Skype and social media. As I begin thinking about the purpose and objective of our lesson and work through this course, I realize that approaches being used are very much at the top of Blooms Taxonomy of Learning and address all three learning styles: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor.
The objectives for this weekend and next week will be the following:
Students will research and analyze how NASA is using the scientific method during the development of MMS 2014 mission. Students will create informative hands on robotic and digital productions to showcase why the mission is important to the world and then evaluate student production in a student led community STEAM Science Fair showcase. All will be documented on websites and social media. We will showcase on an ISTE NASA panel in San Diego. Teachers document training daily. The approach that we are using is two folded. Teachers are becoming empowered and learning how to facilitate and recognize that they do not have to be an “expert” to challenge students to think about the purpose of the MMS mission. All activities are student led and teachers are learning with the students during the next few weeks. I ask both students and teachers to reflect daily after training or camp for documentation purposes.
To learn more about our STEAM camp, you are welcome to view our schedule, which is changing daily.