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Friday, September 1 • 8:30am - 12:30pm
Educator's Workshop

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Our annual educator's workshop: Learn how to Gamify Your Classroom, Teach with Science Fiction Stories, Code in the Classroom, and use Project-Based Learning - all with a sci-fi twist! Admission is free for teacher's with advanced registration for Friday tickets. Use the code "WORKSHOP". Eligible teachers only.
Gaming the Classroom: Engaging students with curriculum and craft.
Gamification is the process of using game strategy to design lessons for high learner engagement. Today’s students are accustomed to light-speed paced games that can be played for hours without tangible rewards. In this workshop, learn the principles of gamification to make any classroom curriculum more captivating.
Teaching Kids to Code with Boolean Girl.
Boolean Girl is an organization that focuses on teaching girls to code. This workshop is geared toward elementary- and middle-school teachers. Regardless of their previous coding background, teachers will be ready to teach an hour of code in their classrooms or elementary schools. Boolean Girl uses Scratch, an easy-to-use programming language available for free download. Our experienced instructors will lead teachers from the very basic first steps through the quick and easy projects in the one-hour training.
Coffee Break Sponsored by iFLY
The Power of Sci Fi Stories in the Classroom
Use science fiction stories as a portal to explore every day issues, encourage self-awareness and critical thinking, and elevate themes of diversity, peace, and exploration. Join Jessica Paul, the Director of Education for the Museum of Science Fiction, as she steps you through three science fiction stories you can use in the classroom to meet CCC requirements. (Multiple grade levels welcome.)
Project-Based Learning
Learn the benefits of project-based learning to develop students’ problem-solving abilities and grit. In this engaging session, you will become the student and experience a variety of hands-on learning activities. Leave the session with lesson plans you can use in the classroom.

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Jessica Paul

Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Science Fiction
Jessica is an English/Language Arts special education teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jessica strongly believes in teaching the whole child and is passionate about differentiation in education. As an educator and life long lover of all things Sci-Fi, she is thrilled to be able to... Read More →

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Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. In addition to his work in the philosophy of science and the politics of national and transnational... Read More →
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Maizie Cummings- Rocke

Outreach, Rockville Science Center
Maizie Cummings-Rocke holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (DC). She began her nonprofit career at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (FL) in the education department as an administrative assistant, camp instructor... Read More →
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Ingrid Sanden

Boolean Girl
Boolean Girl is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, day-long coding events, and the Boolean Box - a build-it-yourself computer kit containing everything a girl needs to become a programmer.
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Santha Walters

Classroom Teacher, Bellevue Public Schools
Santha Walters is an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and the Building Technology Coordinator for Logan Fontenelle Middle School. Her school is located within a technology-based district, and thus she has advocated for and helped implement STEM education into the standard curriculum... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 8:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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