2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Adding an Innovations Class To Your Elementary School

Saturday, October 28 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2105


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This presentation will give an overview of how to incorporate an Innovations Technology STEM class into the elementary building schedule. This STEM and engineering course has been offered for grades K-5 at Orchard Farm School District in St. Charles Missouri for years. Often science is overlooked in the elementary school schedule and is often pushed to the side for more time for ELA and mathematics, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. This course has enabled our students to stay ahead of the curve as engineering scientists, and this presentation will enable participants to ask questions, explore curriculum, as well as give benefits they could bring back to their buildings to incorporate a class like this at their schools. Participants will explore how NGSS standards, makerspace opportunities, and CS curriculum are all used to build a creative curriculum to engage the littlest scientists on a consistent basis!

Participants will learn the characteristics of Orchard Farm School District's Innovation Technology class at the elementary level, including curriculum ideas, ways to build the course into an existing schedule, and STEM and NGSS implications!

Melissa Tackett (Innovations Technology Teacher: , MO)

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