Because Teachers Need Field Trips Too!
Educators spend a day out of the classroom with local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Generally, visits will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered, although some events may be themed to focus on a specific field/industry. Cost for these events is $10, which covers lunch and transportation to/from businesses. SCECHs may also be available.
The purpose of this professional development experience is to:
- Highlight information about local employer needs, labor market trends, and new technologies relevant for teachers
- Help educators connect their classroom content to real world applications and business practices so that students are college- and career-ready
- And encourage meaningful collaboration between educators and the business community
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018
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About the employers we will visit on 02/27/18:
GMB Architecture + Engineering: Started by Gordon M. Buitendorp 50 years ago, GMB has grown to over 100 employees in 9 disciplines across 4 locations. With services such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering and more, GMB has extensive reach serving Grand Rapids and Holland area K-12 school districts as well as Higher Education institutions. They also have experience in the Industrial, Healthcare, Corporate and Sports realms.
YETi GCI: This organization was conceived in 2010 as a game development studio dedicated to training and mentoring college students and prepping them for the industry. Since then, they’ve pivoted toward exploration and implementation of emerging tech – the bleeding edgers. This newer tech company embraces the “someday” ideas today and look for partners who want to explore the hypothetical projects by providing solutions within frameworks that haven’t yet been realized.
Spectrum Health IS (Information Systems): Did you know that Spectrum Health employs one of the largest technology workforces in West Mi with over 1500 people dedicated to Information Services? Spectrum Health is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve, which often evolves from innovation and forward thinking and relies on cutting-edge technology. Ask questions of IT professionals and discover opportunities that exist for your students in the modern IS workplace.
Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.
September 6, 2017
Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.
October 4, 2017
Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!
November 1, 2017
Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.
December 6, 2017
Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.
January 3, 2018
If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.
February 7, 2018
Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.
March 7, 2018
In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!
April 4, 2018
Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.
May 2, 2018
BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.