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STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2019 was a powerful experience, and you can read about what CTJ Makerspace staff members consider some of the highlights here. On this post, we share some of the developments that took place after the amazing week we spent at USP learning about tools and techniques to help us solve some of our biggest regional challenges.

The first meeting took place in CTJ Makerspace on February 21st. Among the participants, there were all STEM Tech Campers from the federal district – Maria Zilma (CEMI-GAMA), Fernando Wirthmann (Secretaria of Education-DIEM), and André Luiz de Brito Alves ( IFB-Ceilândia). They brought along other members of the Secretarias of Education and top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the district.

The second meeting took place on March 11th at CTJ Makerspace again, and the group revisited their challenge – Advance STEM education in the federal district by creating a series of public education -, and came up with a very solid plan for 2019.

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By April 22nd, we will have two online meetings to inspire and equip the multipliers. The DF team will take advantage of the ecosystem created and invite the following STEM Tech Camp facilitators:

  • Gustavo Pugliese – to talk about STEM education
  • Edson (Instituto Federal SP) - to talk about how he engages his students in sound STEM projects.

Following these two online training initiative, there will be two face to face meeting for the trainers. CTJ Makerspace will demonstrate instructional design best practices on April 15th. And, on April 22nd, we will meet to detail the teacher education course for 50 stellar public school teachers.

The target audience for the training course these multipliers will put together are public teachers who already work with STEM projects in model institutions that are already advancing in the transition to the new educational policy – BNCC. The group’s idea is to work with 50 teachers, have them write a STEM project plan, carry out the activities with students, validade practices, and share the results with other educators by making the documentation available in an CC platform.

Among the benefits of being in these network, we could mention the possibility of getting high quality instructional design training, discussing with experts the best practices and projects to work with students, and becoming part of CTJ Makerspace mentoring program. Teachers will have opportunity to learn with CTJ maker education experts the skills needed to implement their ideas in class. Among our team we have designers, engineers, developers, programmers, and educators who are all very excited to collaborate and help teachers carry out impactful projects with their students, document, and share.

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