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Teacher Training with Tesla

January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Training Overview, Teacher Benefits

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Training Overview

Advanced manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, computer programming, and other emerging technologies are revolutionizing our world. Attend this training to learn how to prepare students for careers in these industries with visits to world-class companies: Tesla, Eaton, and Haas. 

The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today’s world. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher. Connections with local industry provide the added relevancy to the curriculum being taught while making valuable connections for future career exploration activities (job shadowing, mentoring, internships, apprenticeships, etc).

 Catalyst Connection has partnered with ASSET STEM Education to give teachers the skills needed to prepare students for the current and emerging careers in our region. This two-day workshop on project-based learning (a $500 value) will assist teachers in developing 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

June 11 Tour at Eaton from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eaton’s Address: 130 Commonwealth Dr, Warrendale, PA 15086

June 12 Tours at Haas and Tesla. 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tesla’s address: 14010 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090

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
  • Limited availability of 20 teachers
  • Training is for teachers of grades 7-12. 

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.


Haas of Pittsburgh



January 18, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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