STEM Competitions and Webinars

NEW! ACSI Student Activities is partnering with Grand Canyon University to provide STEM competitions for students in grades 6-12 at Christian schools across the United States and internationally, and hope that your school will seriously consider being a part of these groundbreaking events during the 2021-22 school year! We understand that some schools already have extensive STEM programs, while for others, an event like this would be completely new. No matter what your experience, our teams are here to help and guide you through the competition process.

The staff and faculty of Grand Canyon University have graciously offered to do a series of FREE webinars for ACSI member schools over the course of this school year to help you prepare for the competitions in 2021-22. The webinars kick off on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The “STEM101” and “Building STEM Focused Lessons” webinars will walk you through setting up STEM curriculum in your schools and provide you integration with standards-based content. The “STEM Competitions” webinar is designed to prepare your school for the ACSI competition events in 2021-22. (See full descriptions below.)

To sign up for these FREE webinars, submit the online registration form(s) linked below. Additional information, including the direct links to the webinars, will be emailed to all registrants before each meeting date.

STEM 101

A series of four virtual workshops designed to help teachers deepen their STEM knowledge, increase professional networks, and create a strategic plan to implement STEM curriculum. The workshops provide an interactive learning experience and empower school teams to collaborate and create sustainable STEM practices to embed in their school culture. It is recommended that teams of three, including a decision-maker, participate in this series of four webinars.

  • Session I: Introduction to Successful STEM Programs | REGISTER
    • Date: October 1, 2020
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST), 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST) 
  • Session II: Creating a STEM Plan 
    • Date: November 5, 2020
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST), 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST) 
  • Session III: Active Remote Learning 
    • Date: January 21, 2021
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST) 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST)
  • Session IV: Technology Tools for Collaboration 
    • Date: March 4, 2021
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST), 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST)

 

STEM Competitions

Competitions provide a structure for teachers and students getting started with STEM and also serve as a skill-building opportunity. Inspire your students to think critically and work collaboratively to strengthen social skills and provide a low-pressure experience to engage in authentic science and engineering practices. Learn about several types of competitions available for your students. Identify strategies to teach scientific reading and writing skills and use a template to plan an implementation schedule based on your choice of competition.

    • Dates (CHOOSE ONE): October 21, 2020 or January 14, 202
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST), 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST) 

 

Building STEM Focused Lessons

STEM-focused lessons not only support the instruction of standards-based content, but they also facilitate the integration of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. In this course, you will refine a STEM lesson by identifying its structure, evaluate lessons for required STEM components, and explore math, science, ELA, and social science connections. Using an interactive STEM lesson planning tool, you will create your own STEM-focused lesson plan.

    • Dates (CHOOSE ONE): December 3, 2020 or February 4, 2021
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST), 11:00am - 1:00pm (PST) 

 

For additional information, please contact a Student Activities team member.