We feel that one of the strongest links to impacting a learner is through their teacher. To that end, we want to help your impact by helping you. In addition to providing lesson plans, exploration opportunities and other resources for your students, we want to provide opportunities specifically for your own Professional Development around Career Readiness. Take a look at the opportunities below; we have several offerings with you in mind. Interested in being trained on something we're not currently offering? Let us know.
TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY
More information and dates on upcoming Teachers in Industry events
This two-day, interactive experience will give classroom teachers the opportunity to explore how area businesses use your content areas in industry. Draw connections between what you've seen and how you can teach your standards. Develop relevant, real world lessons you can use with your students to help them achieve success. Use group dynamics with like-minded teachers to build engaging content tied to the world of work. Come see what other districts are doing in STEM and imagine what the future can hold for your students. A portion of each event will involve a trip to a local business to observe and glean inspiration from current business practices.
TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY LITE
Want to attend Teachers in Industry, but find it increasingly difficult to get away from the classroom for a day? Whatever the reason, we recognize the challenge it can be to attend. That's why we created Teachers in Industry LITE. We'll visit a single employer - during a PD day or even after school! Not too heavy; just LITE enough to fit your schedule while still giving you the opportunity to see what's happening in industry outside your building's walls. These events will be scheduled based on demand, so show us your interest by sending us an email. Be sure to put Teachers in Industry LITE in the Comment section.
ROUND TABLE & PANEL DISCUSSIONS
We have listened and heard the need for employees fromour partners. And now we are taking action. You need them; we got them. Andthey need you, too. This is where the intersection of community, business, andeducation come together.
We are so excited to present an incredible opportunity tonot only our students, but students district-wide. However, we are not onlyproviding it to students district-wide, but also to our community at large- anyperson seeking employment or job pursuit opportunities who is associated withInnovation Central or GRPS- is welcome to attend. Attached is a Save the Datenotification for our 2nd Annual "Spring Into Jobs" Job Pursuit FamilyNight.
This is an opportunity for our community to offer jobs tothose who are unemployed, underemployed or simply need a change to somethingthey enjoy more. We hope that you will take the opportunity to be involved,have a table at the event, bring some applications and hopefully the people youneed to hire there, that night, on the spot. If not, the objective is to atleast start the process so that it can be expedited in due haste.
But this is not only an event for jobs and businesses- wealso hope that some of our summer opportunity partners are excited to showcasetheir programs and get students registered for these camps and experiences.Bring the applications even if your program is not targeted to high schoolstudents, there will certainly be students of all ages, and we will bemarketing it as such, so you may be able to attract participants that night.
We listened to the critique from last year's inauguralevent, and inasmuch we are hosting the event two months earlier, inviting alarger group of table hosts, and opening up the event to a broader audience-the entire GRPS community. Please join us, be a part of it and help the folksin our community "bounce" into careers.
Director for Innovative Strategies
Grand Rapids (MI) Public Schools
421 Fountain St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.