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Sat, February 25
February 25, 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
LeMay - America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

Tacoma’s Museum District brings you creative new ways to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into your classroom. Educators from America’s Car Museum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Foss Waterway Seaport, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History Museum provide engaging, hands-on workshops for both primary and secondary teachers. A STEAM panel discussion featur

Stylish Speed: A Cross-Curricular Analysis of Automobile Design – Presented by America’s Car Museum
Use visual thinking strategies to analyze the design of a vehicle’s exterior body. Learn what makes a car aerodynamic and how automobile style is reflective of its time period. Then, engineer a prototype of your own automobile design. This session may be offered separately to primary and secondary teachers.

Will our design work? Building a Truss Bridge – Presented by Foss Waterway Seaport
A truss bridge is a bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss, a structure of connected elements forming triangular units. The connected elements (typically straight) may be stressed from tension, compression, or sometimes both in response to dynamic loads. Truss bridges are one of the oldest types of modern bridges. The Foss Waterway Seaport has a very impressive and historic truss system in our building which has supported our roof for 117 years. When school groups visit our building we love to share our truss system, and engage our visitors in hands-on truss building projects. During this workshop we will give participants an opportunity to design/build a truss bridge, while learning structural engineering concepts and ways you can bring this great engineering project into your own classroom to support engineering science standards. This session may be offered separately to primary and secondary teachers.

Science of Glass Art – Presented by Museum of Glass
What are the properties of light? What are the properties of glass? How do light and glass interact when being made into artwork? How does light enhance the final glass artwork? This session may be offered separately to primary and secondary teachers.

Children’s Literature as an Invitation for STEAM Investigation – Presented by Children’s Museum of Tacoma
When we approach children’s literature with a STEAM lens stories become a catalyst for finding joyful wonder in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. During our session we will take a deeper look at the STEAM opportunities within children’s books, with examples from specific titles, and apply these invitations to conversations and investigations in support of our youngest learners. This session will be offered to primary teachers only.

Turning Your Classroom into a History Lab – Presented by Washington State History Museum
Learn how to incorporate the use of primary sources, particularly artifacts and ephemera, into lessons on transportation technology. This session may be offered separately to primary and secondary teachers.

The Art and Science of Photography – Presented by Tacoma Art Museum
Bring photography out of the dark room and into the classroom! Join us as we discuss the science and technology of the photographic process, explore the choices artists make within the media, and engage in a hands-on photo transfer workshop that brings these ideas to light. This session may be offered separately to primary and secondary teachers.

9:00-9:15am: Registration and light refreshments 9:15-9:45am: Welcome and introductions
9:45-10:00am Break 10:00am-11:30pm: 1st Session (participants’ choices listed above)
11:30-12:00pm: Lunch
12:00- 1:00pm: STEAM panel discussion featuring 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year Camille Jones (Click here to see full list of panelists and their biographies)
1:00-1:15pm: Break
1:15-2:45pm: 2nd Session (participants’ choices listed above)
2:45-3:00pm: Break
3:00-3:30pm: Reflection prompt & closing remarks
3:30pm: Event concludes and CEU paperwork is completed. Complimentary admission to each participating museum is available until closing (by either showing event nametag or using ticket provided by museum).

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Registration includes 5 clock hours, lunch, cross-curriculum lesson plans, parking and admission to each museum.