The New Jersey School Boards Association, in partnership with the Middlesex County Vocational Technical Schools (MCVTS), will host the next “Are You I-STEAM Ready?” series on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

This unique workshop will feature a day of I-STEAM learning experiences to help districts learn how to effectively plan and implement I-STEAM learning environments in their school. The workshop will also include an alignment to Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

The day will include the following sessions:

Arts Integration: Learn how the arts standards play a critical role in the I-STEAM model.  Take away valuable arts integration strategies that span content areas and grade levels.

Virtual Reality: Take a journey into an immersive virtual reality experience on the Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets in one of the three VR locations in the MCVTS Digital Film Program, Architecture Technology Program, and Production Labs.  Whether you choose to explore the ongoing courtyard project or film projects, participants will learn how these immersive opportunities connect to and deepen the students’ I-STEAM learning experiences.

STEAM Workstations: Observe process flow, sustainable energy systems, robotics, collaborative projects with the county, and flexible manufacturing systems at various workstations.  Teachers and students will provide participants with a hands-on overview of each workstation they visit.

Put the TEAM in STEAM: Experience the power of communication and collaboration which are both critical elements of a STEAM Learning Lab. Through challenges that place an emphasis on collaboration and communication, attendees learn activities that can be built into your district’s classrooms to foster these skills.

This workshop will be hands-on and interactive, giving participants a feeling for what it would be like as a student in an I-STEAM learning environment while aligning to the five social and emotional learning competencies: self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness.

Registration Information

This program is open to all N.J. public school leaders and district staff interested in learning more about I-STEAM education.

School board members and other district staff included on the census may register themselves online for this training program. Online registration requires a password. If you need to retrieve your password, please click here.

Other School Staff Additional district staff members may attend the program by registering online through Eventbrite.

For more information on this program, please contact Jennifer Siehl, NJSBA I-STEAM & Sustainability administrative assistant.