The CUE 2016 Fall Conference was packed with brilliant keynote speakers, inspiring sessions, and networking time for excited educators. But perhaps the most fun came as attendees entered the STEAMpunk playground and got to experience the joy of creating and engaging with tools like robots and flying drones, 3D printing, coding and programming alongside Apple Distinguished Educators and CUE STEAMpunks.
The atmosphere was one that you would expect in a place called a playground -- excitement, happiness, and maybe even a bit of impatience as educators got to “play” with the different stations. “It's one thing to read about these amazing tools on social media, but it's a whole other thing to experience these hands-on. More importantly, I got personalized feedback on how I can better implement them at our school,” said Bill Selak, Director of Technology, Hillbrook School.
The CUE STEAMpunk playground is a newer addition to both the CUE National and Fall conferences. Created by CUE, with support from Apple, the CUE STEAMpunk playground was open to all conference attendees on Friday, and in addition to the hands-on sessions, the playground offered give-away, “quick start” lesson plans that can be used in all grade levels from Kindergarten to college.
Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation, explains the draw of the playground: “Educators know the value of the STEAM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- but they seldom get to experience all the innovations and cool things that are available in these areas. Having a space for educators to get in and do some hands-on work alongside top STEAM leaders means that they will take that enthusiasm and knowledge back to their classrooms to inspire and reach their students.”
The CUE STEAMpunk playground will be part of CUE’s 2017 National Conference to be held March 15-18 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. Registration is currently open at www.cue.org/conference.
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