Core Element Offers Summer STEM Institute, Free Professional Development For Science, Math Teachers

NEW ORLEANS – Core Element, a local nonprofit promoting quality teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), will host its annual Summer STEM Institute, a series of free professional development workshops for math and science teachers, from Tuesday June 28 through Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

         The sessions will be held at the Tulane University Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology.

         Complimentary parking is also provided.

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         Core Element Summer STEM Institute reps said they use proven curriculum that promotes hands-on learning experiences for students in the classroom. Teachers earn CLUs (continuing learning units) for participating and receive training and tools to enhance their knowledge and teaching skills in STEM areas including:  mathematics, robotics, earth science, physical science and more. Workshops will also be offered in the Modeling Method of Instruction for middle school and grant writing for science and math.

         Summer STEM Institute workshops take place daily from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and cover a variety of STEM topics including:


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June 28, 29           Physical Science and Inquiry / LIGO (Grades K-12)


July 6, 7               LEGO™ EV3 Robotics 2-Day Workshop (Grades 4-8)

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July 11, 12            Modeling Method of Instruction Middle School Workshop (Grades 6-9)


July 20, 21            Math Strategies for Success (Grades 6-12)


July 25                 Earth Science for Elementary Classrooms


July 26                 Earth Science for Middle School Classrooms


July 27                 Grant Writing for Science and Math


         “The most effective classroom teaching environment is student-centered,” said Jan Brenan, Core Element Executive Director. “The Summer STEM Institute helps teachers understand how to rework the traditional instructional model of teaching to create a learning environment where students learn to discuss and communicate ideas, listen and work with others, and think like scientists. Teachers have the ability to directly influence their students’ aptitude and interest in STEM and STEM careers.”

         Core Element has trained more than 625 teachers from 345 schools and impacted more than 62,650 students since 2007.

         Workshops are free to teachers thanks to the support of Schlumberger and in partnership with Tulane University and Loyola New Orleans University.

         A refundable deposit of $25 is required to secure a reservation.

         To register



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