GORHAM — From launching weather balloons to near space to building hovercrafts, there are several no cost professional development programs being offered to certified New Hampshire educators this summer through North Country Education Services. These free opportunities will take place in Gorham and are open to all New Hampshire educators.
The summer line up includes a two-day workshop, July 24-26, that will engage teachers in designing a payload container to be launched to 100,000 feet and then be retrieved through a radio tracking procedure. This workshop, led by Bill Church and Steve Roberts, will include design-and-build elements as well as experiments to be conducted in the payload such as temperature data logging, UV exposure data logging, wind speed, fast plant seed exposure to low temps and high radiation environment.
For those looking for experience with Lego robotics and coding, Bill Church will lead a workshop July 31 and Aug. 1. This workshop will give participants everything from a getting started experience through intermediate topics in programming, structures, and mechanisms. This program is ideal for beginner and intermediate robotics teachers interested in using Mindstorms in classroom projects, after school clubs, or First Lego League competitions.
Wrapping up the STEM content for the summer will be a two-day workshop on stem building skills on Aug. 3 and 4. Teachers will learn or review the use of STEM construction tools for cutting, drilling, fastening, gluing, soldering, and prototyping a range of STEM builds. They will also learn strategies for using low and medium risk tools with students (e.g. glue guns, soldering irons and power tools). Finally, they will put tool use into practice with fun, quick, medium and large scale projects from scratch such as stomp rockets, hovercrafts (small and human sized), pinewood derby tracks, rumble racer tracks, catapults and kiddie-pool-sized boats and submarines.
All the workshops are offered for free to New Hampshire educators. Pre-registration is required. For more information, including registration details, ncedservices.org/profdev or call (603) 466-5437.