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Dream Big, STEAM Big

Hosted by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Burnsville High School
600 State Hwy 13
Burnsville, MN 55337
8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


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Session A

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

A1. STEAM Power through Loose Parts: An Introduction
All Ages

Creativity, critical thinking, STEM and STEAM are all concepts that have become part of the educational landscape. Loose parts play has been around as long as there have been children to tinker with about anything they can get their hands on. A great deal of learning happens when children engage in loose parts. Support STEM, STEAM, creativity and critical thinking through the use of loose parts. Resources, tips and the role of the adult in supporting loose parts play will be discussed.

Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA

A2. STEAM, Books, Blender, Oh My!
All Ages

The adventure begins – where will your imagination take you? We will use literature to open up our STEAM imaginations. Books take us on a journey, and in so many school-age books, there are opportunities to add STEAM. Are you going to make a puffer machine and be “The Big Bad Wolf?” Maybe you’ll build a car, a house or even a boat. The ideas are only limited to the imaginations of all those involved.

Marcia Curley, Hopkins Kids & Company

A3. The Power of Play: Capture a World of Wonder and Discovery through STEAM
Ages K-3

Let's play! Discover! Experiment! Think! Question! This session is loaded with hands-on activities for professionals that work with a mixed age group, or in the classroom. Participants will actively take part in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) experiences and leave with materials, recipes and activities they can implement into their daily lesson plans. This exciting session was developed with curious children in mind. We will cover how STEAM experiences enhance the developmental domains, and how to create a STEAM-friendly learning environment that promotes inclusion all through play. We will play with polymers, manipulate bubbles, create a catapult, make slime, and more!

Sherry Tiegs, Family Child Care & Playschool

A4. Summer STEAM at the Wentworth Public Library

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All Ages

STEAM activities don’t have to be complicated. In fact, simpler is usually better! Participants will learn how Wentworth Public Library created a successful and inexpensive STEAM program during the summer of 2018, inspired by online resources and using common crafting materials. Summer STEAM was so successful that another version will be offered this year. Participants will have approximately 30 minutes for hands-on opportunities to recreate some of the activities offered at Summer STEAM.

Katie Polley, Dakota County Library


A5. Epic Fail: How to Develop Persistence in Girls through Engineering

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All Ages

As youth workers and educators, we know that all children need to develop persistence to succeed both in school and throughout their lives. We also know that girls specifically often lack opportunities to develop persistence. In fact, by puberty, 50% of girls are paralyzed by fear of failure. How can we use early interventions to help girls develop persistence? Through engineering! In this session, you’ll learn some background on the unique needs of girls and practical tips to get them failing in no time. You’ll also do an iterative engineering activity to practice the principles learned. Stop the obsession with success and start embracing failure as the path to being more adventurous, creative and bold!

Hannah Gilbert, Girl Scouts River Valleys

A6. Sponsor Showcase: Building STEAM throughout the Day

Research shows having a strong foundation in early STEAM skills can lead to higher academic achievements later in school. STEAM is an approach of incorporating 21st Century skills throughout the day during play-based learning. We evaluate ways of incorporating STEAM into our environments and explore activities that support STEAM concepts. Small groups will collaborate on ways of integrating STEAM talk, cause and effect, and age-appropriate experiments.

Patti Jo Wilson, Lakeshore Learning


Session B

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

B1. Papertoys
All Ages

Teachers help students to acquire knowledge and skills. Teaching discrete skills, such as the attributes of polygons and geometric solids, fractional measurements, creative writing, and elements of fiction, can be ends in and of themselves, or they can be combined in a purposeful way. To a child, what could be more purposeful than to combine all of those disciplines into making toys that they can play with? This unit of study is designed to do just that.

Ed Steinhauer, Keystone Community Services

B2. Sponsor Showcase: Building STEAM throughout the Day
All Ages

Research shows having a strong foundation in early STEAM skills can lead to higher academic achievements later in school. STEAM is an approach of incorporating 21st Century skills throughout the day during play-based learning. We evaluate ways of incorporating STEAM into our environments and explore activities that support STEAM concepts. Small groups will collaborate on ways of integrating STEAM talk, cause and effect, and age-appropriate experiments.

Patti Jo Wilson, Lakeshore Learning

B3. Epic Fail: How to Develop Persistence in Girls through Engineering

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All Ages

As youth workers and educators, we know that all children need to develop persistence to succeed both in school and throughout their lives. We also know that girls specifically often lack opportunities to develop persistence. In fact, by puberty, 50% of girls are paralyzed by fear of failure. How can we use early interventions to help girls develop persistence? Through engineering! In this session, you’ll learn some background on the unique needs of girls and practical tips to get them failing in no time. You’ll also do an iterative engineering activity to practice the principles learned. Stop the obsession with success and start embracing failure as the path to being more adventurous, creative and bold!

Hannah Gilbert, Girl Scouts River Valleys

B4. Summer STEAM at the Wentworth Public Library

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All Ages

STEAM activities don’t have to be complicated. In fact, simpler is usually better! Participants will learn how Wentworth Public Library created a successful and inexpensive STEAM program during the summer of 2018, inspired by online resources and using common crafting materials. Summer STEAM was so successful that another version will be offered this year. Participants will have approximately 30 minutes for hands-on opportunities to recreate some of the activities offered at Summer STEAM.

Katie Polley, Dakota County Library

B5. 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

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All Ages

Participate in this hands-on session and learn how to engage youth in STEM-based learning through the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge. The challenge is designed for grades 3-12. Youth learn to apply the engineering process, develop 21st Century skills, and learn about four types of engineering (mechanical, electrical, fluid power and chemical) and the basic principles of energy transfer. In addition, this program encourages creativity, focuses on innovation and problem solving which providing a fun experience.

Michael Compton, University of Minnesota Extension
Patrick Jirik, University of Minnesota Extension

B6. 21st Century is the Century for Women Leadership - The Perception of STEM as a Masculine Field is a Myth
All Ages

The idea that women are inferior to men in any field is absurd. The landscape of leadership has changed radically. The 21st century leadership skills needed are vastly different from those of the 20th century. Are there stereotypes and biases that are holding women back from entering the fields in STEM? In a historic shift, women comprise half of engineering undergrads and 56% of the science and engineering workforce, are employed in higher rates than men in environmental & chemical engineering, and more women than men enrolled in U.S. medical schools in 2017. Explore what five skills are needed to succeed in these fields that will help both men and women succeed in the 21st century.

Dr. Geeta S. Vora, Vora S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Non-Profit Organization


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