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Project-Based Learning Training

Training Overview

Catalyst Connection, in collaboration with ASSET STEM Education, is offering a two-day workshop on project-based learning to regional teachers. The course goal for participating teachers is to develop the ability to design and facilitate effective project-based learning for their students. To do this, teachers will examine project-based learning from the perspectives of both education and industry while collaborating with other teachers on implementing strategies. 

Teacher Benefits

  • Enhance skills and develop knowledge related to project-based learning
  • Learn new skills used in industry to better manage projects in the classroom including Lean manufacturing and Project Management Institute best practices
  • Better prepare students for careers in manufacturing and other STEM related fields
  • Connection of industry projects to state and national standards
  • Greater “buy-in” on industry connected STEM programs from administration
  • Free book: Project-Based Learning:  Differentiating Instruction for the 21st Century, by William N. Bender
  • Tour of a local manufacturing company
  • Act 48 Hours will be made available
  • Lunch provided at no charge on both workshop days

Other Details

  • Course is ideally suited for those with previous experience with industry/career related projects (ie Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, BotsIQ, FIRST, Fluid Power Challenge) but is not a requirement
  • Hosted at a local manufacturing company
  • Limited availability of 16 teachers
  • Teachers are encouraged to attend with a peer either in a related subject area or from a lower grade level to facilitate on-going conversations and implementation strategies within the school

Upcoming PBL Trainings

  • November 20-21, 2017 for Washington County schools
    Hosted by Intermediate Unit 1
    http://www.catalystconnection.org/project-based-learning-teacher-training-washington-county/
  • December 14, and 15 for Beaver County schools
    Hosted by Community College of Beaver County and Beaver County Intermediate Unit
    Registration link coming soon
  • January 25, and 26 for Allegheny County schools
    Hosted by Pittsburgh Technical College
    Registration link coming soon
  • February 19, and 20 for Allegheny County schools
    Hosted by Community College of Allegheny County
    Registration link coming soon