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Updated: May 16

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) - June 14 at MTSU by Dr. Amy Phelps

In this workshop teachers will be introduced to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), and they will explore the benefits of active learning in the classroom.

Participants will engage in POGIL-based learning, explore how POGIL activities are structured, discuss group formation, and wrestle with challenges of implementation related to bringing POGIL to a classroom. POGIL can be used with any STEM discipline

Incorporating Biotechnology in the Classroom - June 16th at Oakland High School by Melissa Bunch

Join us for a day of fun and learning in the lab at Oakland High School. In this workshop, teachers will explore ways to incorporate biotechnology in the classroom as well as discuss setting up a biotechnology program at their school. Participants will engage in hands-on laboratory activities and learn basic microbiology techniques, how to perform Gram stains, and how to make, load and run an agarose gel using a Huntington Disease activity as a model.

The Journey of STEM or STEAM Designation - June 23rd at MTSU by Lea Bartch

Whether you have started the process, just beginning, continuing, or thinking about reapplying to become a Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) STEM/STEAM School, this session is designed for participants to collaborate with fellow colleagues who are traveling the same journey.

In this session, individuals or groups will be guided to explore big ideas and details in a STEM/STEAM culture, answer individual questions to build or solidify the school's STEM/STEAM vision, and consider key aspects for staying organized along the way.

As a result of this PD and the utilization of thinking forms, discussions, and critical thinking, individual questions will be answered, and your "next steps" will be clearer, regardless of where your place in the process. The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) STEM Designation Rubric will be the guide for learning and planning.

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