U Denver To Launch STEM Professional Development for Teachers
The University of Denver's Center for
Professional Development is partnering with the Denver-based Silicon
STEM Academy to launch "STEM for Grown-Ups," a new
curriculum of interactive courses
involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that
others can take for continuing education unit (CEU) credit.
Silicon STEM Academy, which provides training
programs in technology for both children and adults, will offer six
its facility in Denver while the University of Denver will offer the
credentialing that could lead to both CEU credit and academic credit.
for GrownUps" is a suite of immersive STEM education programs intended
professionals interdisciplinary, collaborative training in critical
can choose from workshops to short courses to certificates in robotics,
programming, electronics, mobile app development and digital media.
goal of "STEM for Grown-Ups" is to
give teachers and other interested professionals the knowledge and
they need to integrate 21st century subject
matter and critical
thinking skills into their classrooms.
for Grown-Ups' offers everyone the
opportunity to come back to school and learn the latest in the STEM
said Kim Gorgens, associate professor and executive director of the
Professional Development at the University of Denver. "The program will
professionals with the tools to thrive in an ever more STEM-focused
with the CEU and college credit,
students can earn a specialty certificate by completing a sequence of
Silicon STEM Academy intensive courses.
An introductory five-hour immersive
course will be held June 18 that will give participants a
taste of robotics,
coding and electronics. Participants in the course, which will cost
receive 0.5 CEU at its completion.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.