The STEM2 institute was the best ever with 35 teachers Kindergarten through 9th grades improving
their instructional skills through tablet technology at Western Nevada College. Instructors Gail Bushey
and Christine Whitcome from the Nevada GEMS Site, Eugene Hattori from the Nevada
State Museum, Dave Hillis, physics instructor from Western Nevada College, Rick Brown from Nevada Department of
Investigations, and technology instructors Irene Waltz and Lisa Stocke-Koop
from Carson City School District all collaborated to bring an exciting week of new ideas about teaching in the STEM fields.
Monday teachers had an exciting as well as challenging experience figuring out how to use their new tablets and the WNC's WiFi system. There were many frustrations but also shouts of joy when every thing worked.
Tuesday we all trouped to the Nevada State Museum where Eugene Hattori the Nevada State archeologist shared his personal excavation experiences and a rare behind the scenes view of museum artifacts such as Dat So La Le baskets. In the afternoon the teachers performed a mock-excavation built at Carson Middle School.
Wednesday teachers were back at WNC learning physics from David Hillis building windmills and bottle rockets and controlling robots with their tablets.
Thursday teachers learned about real CSI investigations from Rick Brown an investigator with NDI and solved a mock-crime scene from GEMS Mystery Festival. All in all an exhausting wonderful four day of professional development.