EdExchange empowers educators to use technology and innovative practices in diverse learning environments to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The program develops educators’ capacity to deliver and support high quality, STEAM-based and technology-centered educational experiences for underserved youth to equip and inspire them to become the next generation of creative problem solvers.

Educators experience 12–18 hours of hands-on professional development workshops at Thinkery, where they collaborate with museum staff, subject matter experts and each other. Thinkery then provides the opportunity for six–eight weeks of onsite collaboration to support educators in implementing STEAM-based activities and lessons to their students. EdExchange participants later share their experiences and projects during a special showcase..

Recommended for educators working with students in 2nd–6th grades, the application-based program is offered at no cost to participants, with preference given to educators serving in Title I schools or low-income communities. It is a multi-month to yearlong commitment.

Summer 2018 EdExchange

The program includes:

  • Hands-on professional development workshops at Thinkery
  • Support of Thinkery staff
  • Opportunity for Thinkery visits to your classroom for a mininimum of an hour a week for six to eight consecutive weeks in Fall 2018  (Contingent on capacity and location) 
  • Invitation to special meetups—and an end-of-year EdExchange showcase!

Mark your calendars:

We are no longer accepting applications for the summer. 

Tell Me a Story: Process & Tools to Create
June 26–27 from 9 am–3 pm

From storyboarding to creating your own stop-motion video to telling stories with puppets, explore the world of digital storytelling and ways to integrate it into your curriculum. Get ready to tell a story!

Play, Program, & Create
July 24–25 from 9 am–3 pm

Explore programming and get creative with Thinkery and some of our favorite resources. Solve challenges, navigate mazes, and create stories with code. Let’s scratch the surface and play to learn.

2018–19 EdExchange

The program includes:

  • Hands-on professional development workshops at Thinkery
  • Onsite collaboration to support educators in implementing STEAM-based activities and lessons
  • Classroom visits for minimum of an hour a week for six to eight consecutive weeks in Spring 2018
  • Classroom stipend for materials
  • Support of Thinkery staff
  • Invitation to special meetups—and an end-of-year EdExchange showcase!

Mark your calendars:

  • September 5 – EdExchange Kickoff
  • September 12 – Electricity & Circuits
  • September 26 – The Way Things Go: Moving Parts
  • October 10 – Play, Program, & Create
  • October 24 – Tell Me a Story: Process & Tools to Create
  • November 7 – How to Have an Idea: Design Process & Thinking

 

FAQ

What is EdExchange like? What would it look like in my classroom?

It's a blast! Explore the EdExchange program through the various experiences of Thinkery staff, museum interns and program participants:

Spring 2018 EdExchange – Session One

Thinkery EdExchange: A Fall Full of Fun and Learning

Thinkery EdExchange: Interview with Eva Rosenthal

Thinkery EdExchange: Interview with Scott Mann

Is there specific criteria for participating in EdExchange?

All program participants must: 

  • Instruct students in 2nd–6th grades (preferred)
  • Demonstrate a desire to advance their experience teaching STEAM concepts and technology
  • Express an interest in supporting student learning through project based learning and hands-on activities 
  • Be able to attend professional development workshops at Thinkery and invite Thinkery staff to your campus
  • Be employed at an educational nonprofit organization or campus within a 10 mile radius of Thinkery

What skills will my students build?

Students who participate in EdExchange will strengthen Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills and 21st-century learning skills through STEAM-focused experiences.

  • Information, Media and Technology
    • EdExchange students move beyond media consumption by creating projects that integrate technology, making and academic content.
  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Student projects are complex systems typically created by teams of individuals. Participants can speak to the benefits of working with others.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • EdExchange educators often challenge their students to complete projects intended to serve a need or solve a challenge.
  • Creativity and Innovation
    • During EdExchange programming, many students first engage with a new concept by learning through exploration and an iterative design process.

Do you offer additional workshops for educators?

We do! Thinkery offers Educator Workshops and custom professional development opportunities throughout the year. Click here to explore our additional options!

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Thinkery’s EdExchange program is generously supported by:

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