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CTMS New Teacher Orientation

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Preview all of the CTMS modules, learn how to order materials and how to receive the support you need from your mentor, learn about the Extreme Engineering Challenge that provides a taste of High School Innovation Day. 


CTMS Build Box

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Learn how to prototype out of a box using recyclable materials. 


CTMS Update: Pulley Module 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Explore how to teach the pulley module successfully without ruining the classroom ceiling.


Introduction to Middle School Robotics

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:00 PM (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the CIJE Middle School Robotics league. 


Bytes I: The Basics

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Teach your students to use an Arduino to program traffic lights, pushbuttons, sliders, and buzzers.


Bytes II: Animatronics

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Take your microprocessors to the next level - build bitey, an adorable animal while learning how to use servos, steppers, and LEDs.


Bytes III: Sound and Light Outputs

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Want your students to be able to do more with an Arduino? This session will explore how to make a project communicate to the outside world using sound and a digital display. 


Design Thinking 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Design Thinking is a powerful tool for generating and sustaining creative problem-solving. Though fundamental to engineering, it has applications to other parts of the K-12 curriculum.  Explore the principles and applications of Design Thinking.


Design Thinking (repeat)

Wednesday,  August 4, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Design Thinking is a powerful tool for generating and sustaining creative problem-solving. Though fundamental to engineering, it has applications to other parts of the K-12 curriculum.  Explore the principles and applications of Design Thinking.


CTMS Updates 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Find out about the latest modules and changes in the CTMS curriculum.  Review the changes that have been made to several modules (design, pulleys, glow stick, paper tables, gravity, etc.) and preview the new modules - Melting Icebergs; Plant Biology;

Design Thinking; Skin, Muscle, and Bones. Learn about new video supplements for existing modules.


Grow It! Design a Smart Greenhouse Part I 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Research different vegetation choices. Explore ways to address food insecurities by understanding issues around planting. Learn how to lead a brainstorming session to foster an array of solutions. 


Grow It! Design a Smart Greenhouse Part II

Wednesday, August 4, 2021,  2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Design and build your prototype greenhouse, learn to give and receive feedback, and begin your final build. 


Introduction to Design Fab 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the national Design Fab challenge where students fabricate designs based on a prompt engaging Judaic Studies, Art, and Fabrication.  Students present their work for feedback to a panel of Art, Fabrication, and Judaic Studies experts. 


DIY Weather Station Part I

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Discover the basic components of a weather station. Build the circuit and program each component. 


DIY Weather Station Part II

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Consider different modifications and applications and cool add-ons for your weather station. 

Bytes I: The Basics

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Teach your students to use an Arduino to program traffic lights, push buttons, sliders and buzzers. 


Bytes II: Animatronics

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Take your microprocessors to the next level - build Bitey, an adorable animal while learning how to use servos, steppers, and LEDs.


Bytes III: Sound and Light Outputs

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Want your students to be able to do more with an arduino? This session will explore how to make your project communicate to the outside world using sound and a digital display. 

DIY Weather Station Part I

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Discover the basic components of a weather station. Build the circuit and program each component. 


DIY Weather Station Part II

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Consider different modifications and applications and cool add-ons for your weather station. 

Orientation to CIJE High School Engineering 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Learn the CIJE pedagogic approach to engineering, design thinking and research expectations.  


Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Explore electrical schematics, Ohm’s Law, and voltage dividers. 


Toys in Motion Part I: Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Engage in mechanical tinkering and design thinking as you build a mechanical toy


Toys in Motion Part II: Electrical Engineering

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Create an electrical version of your mechanical toy using basic circuitry and soldering.


Introduction to High School Robotics      

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:00 PM (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the CIJE High School Robotics leagues.


Power Management

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:30 PM (50 minutes)

Power issues are the most common stumbling blocks when building an electronic device. This session will provide you with the necessary background to make sense of how to power any arduino project- from simple to sophisticated. Particular attention will be paid to batteries, wall adapters, current and voltage.


Capstones from A to Z

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Capstones are the authentic assessment of a year of engineering learning.  Learn about the purpose, pacing, rubric and presentation skill expectations for 2022.


Showcasing Capstones

Wednesday August 4, 2021 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes) 

Communicating project results to the public is an essential 21st-century skill.  Consider how to guide your students in building an effective capstone website and video to communicate about their projects. We will consider different video styles and video capture/editing software. 


Introduction to Arduino Part I

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Understand all things Arduino - the Arduino software interface, and how to create your first Arduino program: Blink.


Introduction to Arduino Part II

Wednesday August 4, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Learn flow control, ultrasonic sensors and how to access and use libraries.


Introduction to Design Fab 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the national Design Fab challenge where students fabricate designs based on a challenge engaging Judaic Studies, Art and Fabrication.  Students present their work for feedback to a panel of Art and Judaic Studies experts.  


Selling It: How to Make Effective Capstone Videos 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes) Communicating project results to the public is an essential 21st-century skill.  Consider how to guide your students in building an effective capstone website and video to communicate about their projects. 

Spiromatic Part I: Assembly

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 12:00 PM (50 minutes)

Begin the base assembly of your spiromatic- a generative art machine that comes with a plexiglass kit. The assembly includes the use of two Stepper motors, a servo motor, and an IR sensor. 


Spiromatic Part II: Motor

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 1:00 PM (50 minutes)

Continue to build your spiromatic as you learn more about servo and stepper motor calibration and positional orientation using an IR distance sensor. 


Spiromatic Part III: Coding to Produce Art

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 2:00 PM (50 minutes)

Open the door to creative coding to create generative art with your spiromatic.


Introduction to High School Robotics      

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:00 PM (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the CIJE High School Robotics leagues.


Spiromatic Part IV: Open Lab Time

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 3:30 PM (50 minutes)

Continue to explore the different possibilities of your spiromatic.  


Power Management

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:30 PM (50 minutes)

Power issues are the most common stumbling blocks when building an electronic device. This session will provide you with the necessary background to make sense of how to power any arduino project- from simple to sophisticated. Particular attention will be paid to batteries, wall adapters, current and voltage.






Capstones from A to Z

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Capstones are the authentic assessment of a year of engineering learning.  Learn about the purpose, pacing, rubric and presentation skill expectations for 2022.


Showcasing Capstones

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Communicating project results to the public is an essential 21 C skill.  Consider how to guide your students in building an effective capstone website and video to communicate about their projects. We will consider different video styles and video capture/editing software. 


Smart Racer Part I

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Start your engines!  Learn about our newest national engineering challenge utilizing a new car formulation which will put the builds to the test on the CIJE racetrack. 


Smart Racer Part II

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Let’s get SMART - learn how to teach new sensors - an IR line following sensor. 


Smart Racer Part III

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes) 

Look under the hood.  Let’s make it an RC car through RF communication.


Introduction to Design Fab 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the national Design Fab challenge where students fabricate designs based on a challenge engaging Judaic Studies, Art and Fabrication.  Students present their work for feedback to a panel of Art and Judaic Studies experts.  

Capstones from A to Z

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (50 minutes)

Capstones are the authentic assessment of a year of engineering learning.  Learn about the purpose, pacing, rubric and presentation skill expectations for 2022.


Showcasing Capstones

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Communicating project results to the public is an essential 21 C skill.  Consider how to guide your students in building an effective capstone website and video to communicate about their projects. We will consider different video styles and video capture/editing software. 


Live Data Art Part I:  Visualizing a REST API

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

This is a data visualization project that draws on live data and displays it in a non-numeric and artistic format.  We will explore API’s -what they are and how we can show our students to access them and use them to display a complex concept.


Live Data Art Part II: Using an ESP32 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:00 PM EDT (50 minutes)

We will learn how to access data sets from the internet with an ESP32 microcontroller. 


Introduction to Design Fab 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (25 minutes)

Find out how your students can participate in the national Design Fab challenge where students fabricate designs based on a challenge engaging Judaic Studies, Art and Fabrication.  Students present their work for feedback to a panel of Art and Judaic Studies experts.  


Live Data Art Part III: Data Visualization

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

We will look at data visualization using NeoPixel (RGB LED) arrays. 


Live Data Art Part IV: Open Lab Time

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT (50 minutes)

Use this time to further develop your classroom Live Data Art projects with the assistance of CIJE mentors. 

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