• The Great MN Tech 2Gether
    October 27-28, 2017 
    St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights


    RAMSP Educator Forum
    Presented byRAMSP
    November 8, 2017
    Southeast Service Cooperative

    You are invited to attend the Fall Educator Forum on Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30-8:00 PM at Southeast Service Cooperative for peer-to-peer STEM professional development. This event boasts opportunities to network with colleagues from other districts in SE MN in like positions and teaching focuses. Highly recommended, Mark Shultz, Regional Labor Market Analyst from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, will provide an eye opening keynote about "SE Minnesota STEM Labor Statistics" and the impact it will have on our region in the future. Enjoy two breakout sessions following the keynote (see page two for session descriptions). Attendees are also invited to walk through the regional STEM Expo to learn about local STEM resources and supports available for educators. 

    Dinner is included. CEU's are available. This event is free for participating RAMSP district participants. All attendees can register individually here or your district/institution/organization may email a list of attendees to Sarah Ness with first name, last name, and email address of each attendee due by October 13, 2017.

    4:00 PM Check-In
    4:30 PM Networking Activity
    5:00 PM Keynote
    5:45 PM Dinner
    6:30 PM Break Out Session #1
    7:00 PM Extracurricular Expo
    7:20 PM Break Out Session #2

    Event Date/Time
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    4:30 PM - 8 PM 

    Wood Lake Meeting Center, 210 Wood Lake Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904

    The RAMSP Fall Educator Forum will be open to all RAMSP and non-RAMSP K-12 districts in SE MN. Project Lead the Way and non-Project Lead the Way Schools are invited to attend. Much of the information for PLTW is transferable and will be applicable to non-PLTW districts. CEU’s available.

    This is a free event for any staff within the following RAMSP participating districts. Please select the RAMSP member rate at checkout. If RAMSP districts wish to send a group of staff a list of names, positions, and emails can be emailed to sness@ssc.coop. 

    Staff from other interested districts or organizations are invited to attend for a fee of $75 per person. Select “non RAMSP member” at checkout.

    Break Out Session Descriptions
    Teacher Advisor with Watson
    Facilitators: IBM
    Come learn about this exciting new free web-based instructional planning tool for K-5 math teachers. Built by teachers for teachers, this tool provides standards aligned content. IBM Watson provides personalized content recommendations aligned to search terms. Resources include academic standards, lesson plans, learning activities, and strategies. Designed for elementary math and science educators, but all are welcome to attend. 

    The What’s & Why’s of STEM and Project Lead the Way
    Facilitator: Shari Furst, Kasson Mantorville Public Schools
    Gain enthusiasm to encourage the use of STEM classes by sharing basic education on STEM including how to compliment other educators in lessons. This one hour session includes an explanations and demonstration of the canvas page including courses in both Launch and Gateway modules and participate in a PLTW and STEM lesson. This is designed elementary and middle school educators. 

    Shari is a passionate STEM educator with 27 years of science/STEM teaching experience. She's taught PLTW classes since 2013 including the Launch program designed for grades K - 5 and Gateway program designed for grades 6 - 8. A couple of her successes in STEM teaching include being invited and attending the White House Science Fair in 2016 and coaching a Technovation team that won awards all the way to and including the World Tech competition.

    Mobile Science Labs
    Facilitators: Ross Aleft, Mayo Clinic and Tony McGee, Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools
    Ross Aleff, from Mayo Clinic, and Tony McGee, high school science teacher at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, will explore the Mobile Science Labs available through Southeast Service Cooperative with all high school science educators. Ross and Tony will conduct an experiment to demonstrate what the various labs can offer, explain the prerequisite training, and tell you how you can rent one. This is designed for high school science educators. 

    "WIN" Program: Whatever I Need Academic Challenge and Support Program
    Facilitators: Nate Walbruch, Principal at Plainview-Elgin-Millville
    Whatever I Need (WIN) is a school day intervention where students and teachers assign small groups of students to get additional support. Teachers have used WIN to make up homework, tests, and quizzes, reteach lessons, and provide enrichment and much more! Students and teachers appreciate the flexibility of the schedule and the ability to use school time to provide supports for all students. Designed for middle school and high school educators. 

    Introduction to Electronics with the Raspberry Pi
    Facilitator: John Bartucz, Rochester Public Schools
    Many people express interest about "making" with electronics, but do not know where to start. The Raspberry Pi provides perfect introduction to physical computing while demystifying computers and increasing student confidence in approaching problems independently. The PLTW "activity, project, problem" learning philosophy, whereby students learn the tools they need through activities, will be used to complete a group project and then autonomously solve a problem. Participants will attach the Raspberry Pi to the breadboard and connect an LED and a button using Python code to make the LED blink on and off and control the LED. Designed for middle and high school educators. 

    Coding with Primary Students
    Facilitators: Pam Bagniewski, Rochester Catholic Schools
    Discover how even our youngest students can be exposed to programming principals and coding with interactive games and activities. We will explore digital apps and some "No Computer Needed" activities that help students stretch their deeper thinking muscles and have fun while learning. Designed for Pre K through second grade educators. 

    As a 17 year technology integrationist for Rochester Catholic Schools, Pam has a special interest in using coding and computational thinking with students in primary grades. Pam is a member of the MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership cohort and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in engineering education through St. Thomas.

    Stemifying Your Teaching
    Facilitators: Thomas Meagher, Owatonna Public Schools
    In this session you will learn how STEM is more than topics to teach, STEM is HOW we teach. Participants will learn specific lessons and activities that demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math can be easily integrated with language arts, social studies, and fine arts and can be used right away in your classroom. This is designed for elementary educators. 

    Tom, who holds a PhD in Science/STEM Education from the University of Minnesota and serves as the Owatonna Public Schools District STEM Education Coordinator, provides STEM professional development for over 150 teachers in Owatonna and many districts across Minnesota, Idaho, and Japan.
    STEAM Summit 
    Presented by Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce & Rochester Area Math Science Partnership
    November 14, 2017
    RCTC Field House
    The STEAM Summit encourages over 2,000 middle and high school students from throughout the southeast Minnesota region to experience a variety of hands-on activities at more than 100 booths demonstrating careers, skills, and higher education opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The future success of greater Rochester's economy depends on a well-prepared pipeline of students with the education and skills needed to keep Rochester area's business and industry competitive. These summits bring together business, higher education, local government and communities to motivate and prepare our students for an increasingly competitive global marketplace.