ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar

Teacher Launch

Save the Date: March 30, 2019
8th Annual ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar

Attention all Pre-K, elementary school teachers and science educators, and after-school program administrators in Maricopa County! You are cordially invited to attend the 8th annual Teacher Launch Seminar, brought to you by the Junior League of Phoenix’s signature program, ROCKETS (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science). 

Parking located in Heritage and Science garage. Parking will be validated.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

WHAT: The seminar is a half-day training that provides non-stop, hands-on science activities that will give teachers creative ideas on how to incorporate science and into everyday lesson plans. The seminar is for all Pre-K, elementary school teachers and science educators, and after-school program administrators in Maricopa County. Each attendee will go home with a science kit with hours’ worth of curriculum, extension activities and supplies to help get started in his or her classroom. Four hours of continuing education credit will be provided for attendance. There will be a drawing for a field trip and the CREATE bus to travel to your school!

WHEN: March 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Arizona Science Center, Annex Building

COST: Nominal fee of $10 to reserve a spot for attendance. Credit card only purchases will be accepted.

THEME: Protect our Species!

Session 1: What’s All the Buzz About?
Immerse yourself in authentic, hands-on learning experiences to discover the importance of conserving native bee species. Participants will be challenged to design a bee habitat while considering real-world constraints, for example, local regulations and environmental factors. 

Session 2: Robot Hack Science Curriculum: Robo-Pollinators
Play, tinker and explore Edison Robots! The Edison robot is the perfect tool for teaching a wide range of STEM topics. Learn how Edison robots can tie into your curriculum. Participants are introduced to the to the low-cost, dynamic Edison Robot, drag-and-drop programming for elementary and middle schools using the new EdScratch coding language, LEGO-based engineering and design thinking projects.To get you started, we will show you how to incorporate coding and robotics to enhance a life science pollination lesson. Each participant will receive their own Edison robot (a $50 value). If you have already received a free Edison robot from an introductory workshop, please bring it.  

EDUCATOR: CREATE Team, CREATE at Arizona Science Center[R] : CREATE is where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor's workshop, the creativity of an art studio, and the experimentation of a lab, CREATE is a community hub for turning dreams into reality! 

WHY A ROCKETS TEACHER LAUNCH: Numerous studies have shown that the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. By encouraging an early interest in science, it helps children to think critically and creatively about the world around them. The Teacher Launch Seminar was inspired on this principle with the goal of providing teachers in Maricopa County additional resources to implement fun science activities into everyday lesson plans in laying the foundation for their children’s success in school and beyond. 

The 2019 Teacher Launch is funded by a generous grant from the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation.

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