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Donna Sterling Institute

  • 11/14/2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Hotel Roanoke


  • Regular paying attendee
  • Applicants for the Sterling Award will be invited to the Institute. code required

The Power of Problem-Based Learning for Teaching STEM

Frank Niepold, teaching climate lead for NOAA’s web portal will speak on climate resiliency. This will model how to identify a current problem. Using a current science topic, climate science, the leaders will next demonstrate how to develop a problem-based learning unit that is adaptable for elementary through high school. Engineering, mathematics, and reading in the content area are all essential to PBLs - we won’t break them out; we’ll embed them! You’ll find that PBLs strongly support the 5 C’s: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration and Leadership, and Character. There will also be an example of a developed PBL.

In the afternoon, teachers will begin developing their PBL on a topic of their own choice. Teachers may work in groups or solo. Participants will be assisted by veteran PBL teachers. Participants may have the opportunity to have their PBL published!

Registration includes breakfast and lunch on November 14th.

Check out information on the Donna Sterling Institute and special Preconference short courses below!


NOTE: in order to ensure prompt payment, any registration that remains unpaid at the start of the PDI will require a valid credit card to be held on file. VAST will not charge this card until 30 days have passed from conclusion of the PDI. Once payment is received, the card information will be expunged. If you have not provided payment prior to the start of the PDI, please plan accordingly.

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