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Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

9:00 AM

Breakfast & Check In

Breakfast, check-In, nametags and games to get the STEM excitement going!

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Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

ADDRESSING THE STEM GAP IN OUR ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS

ETHS Brings Pre-K Science & Engineering Program to Evanston

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Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP below to save your spot!

9:30 AM

STEM Challenge #1: Gravity Keeps Pulling Us Down

Subject: Science - Physics
This “egg-citing” challenge teaches us to understand the gravity of the situation that scientists and engineers face in designing protective gear that keeps us safe from the forces of gravity.

10:30 AM

STEM Challenge #2: Digging for Dinosaurs

Subject: Science - Paleontology
A favorite of our mini-innovators across the country, this challenge engages kids in the scientific methods of discovery and observation by tapping into their wonderment and fascination with dinosaurs.

11:30 AM

Lunch

For mini innovators and their parents.

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PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EDUCATORS

According to the National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, an alarmingly small percent of teachers felt “very well qualified” to teach a variety of scientific subjects at the elementary level: 28% in life science, 24% in earth science, and 14% in physical science.

ETHS students enrolled in the Early Childhood Advanced course will have an unique opportunity to develop their professional capacity in STEM instruction.

AN EARLY START IN STEM FOR LITTLE LEARNERS

Research clearly indicates that early and repeated exposure to STEM subjects is essential for cultivating both future interest and future aptitude in STEM. Yet, there is very little time allocated to science or engineering instruction elementary classrooms.

Literacy is at the core of the Paige & Paxton Curriculum. So ETHS preschool students have more opportunities to explore science and engineering through hands-on project based experiences.

Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons

for Mini Innovators

A dynamic environment to engage little learners—ages 4 to 7—in the rewards of hands-on discovery, problem-solving and design.

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1:00 PM

STEM Challenge #4: Building a City that Works​

Subject: Civil Engineering
Puzzleland is expanding! It’s important that the city work the way it’s supposed to work! Kids and parents will work together to design and build models of city sections while working within zoning guidelines. This challenge builds on the value of teamwork—working with others to get the job done more quickly and more efficiently—while introducing kids to the impactful field of civil engineering

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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K-2 STEM Curriculum

Northwestern University

This 12-week Early Childhood Science and Engineering curriculum will be rolled out at the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) pre-school, and the instruction will be delivered by ETHS students enrolled in the Advanced Early Childhood course. This pilot represents a holistic approach to early STEM education that benefits two populations of students within the Evanston community—those at the very beginning of their educational experience and those at the beginning of their careers as effective and confident STEM educators.

In the mid 1990s, Rachel Williams wanted to ensure that her two young daughters were passionate about and proficient in science and math. To drive interest, she developed two puzzle piece characters to introduce these complicated concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Fast forward to 2012, Rachel and her daughters—one completing a degree in Biology and the other a rising star in the financial services industry—decided to bring the characters back to life. Since that time, the trio has been on a mission to engage a new generation of little learners in STEM and, at the same time, change the course of a nation.

Today, their team brings Paige & Paxton to life around the country through books, classroom curriculum, teacher training and pop-up experiences (STEM Make-a-thons) in major cities in the U.S. to expose educators, kids and their parents to STEM education.

Learn more at www.paigeandpaxton.com.

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THE PAIGE & PAXTON STORY

"I learned a year ago when I began working under Kelley and Rachel Williams that children are smarter than we make them out to be. I urge everyone to be a part of this up and coming rock star educational model."

Eddie Shilaita, Former Paige & Paxton Intern
Social Media Strategist, Digital Content Strategist
Acapella Media LLC

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm


Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

FAQ

Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons are the very best STEM experiences a kid, ages 4-7, can have. This full day of hands-on learning will provide little learners and their parents with a whole new outlook on the possibilities and opportunities in STEM.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Oakton Elementary School
436 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

SAVE MY SPOT

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons are the very best STEM experiences a kid, ages 4-7, can have. This full day of hands-on learning and thought-provoking conversations will provide little learners and their parents with a whole new outlook on the possibilities and opportunities in STEM.

Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenges for kids, ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children's book series.
 
Challenges are led by REAL scientists, engineers, and technologists, and there's lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
 
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-yourself spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term "hack" is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
 
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.
Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons featured in The Washington Post: "Kindergarten students get an introduction to engineering."

What is a Make-a-thon?

The Washington Post
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenges for kids ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children's book series.
 
Challenges are led by scientists, engineers, and technologists, and there's lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
 
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-your-self spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term "hack" is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
 
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.

10:00 AM

Welcome!

A welcome from Northwestern University and Paige & Paxton that will set the stage set for a thought-provoking conversation that challenges our misconceptions, biases and how we as parents view our role in early STEM education.

10:30 AM

Failing Fast, An Engineering Mindset

Parent Workshop
No one wants their child to experience failure, but it's one of the most important life lessons you can teach and it's exactly how the greatest advances in STEM occur. During this session, we'll chat about how to show our children how to fail (gracefully and not so gracefully), and how each failure can bring your mini STEM innovator one step closer to success.

Speaker: Desmond Martin, Curriculum Lead, Paige & Paxton

Speaker Bio

2:00 PM

Wrap Up & Check Out

KIDS

PARENTS

12:00 PM

STEM Challenge #3: Tough ​Triangles

Subject: Mathematics & Structural Engineering
Kids will discover triangles as the sturdy shape that engineers and others who build things depend on to keep structures strong. Kids work in pairs to merge engineering and mathematical principles to build a bridge out of paper triangles that can hold the most weight.

11:00 AM

Mathematical Myths

Parent Workshop
During this session, we’ll dig into the issue of math anxiety in early education, and the conventional wisdom that often hinders our children’s confidence in their math ability. We’ll also provide parents with tips to make math relevant, compelling and interesting to little learners. We must change the way kids perceive and interact with math—this essential tool for play, work, and life.

Speaker: Gloria Liu, Coordinator and Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM, Oakton Community College

Speaker Bio

We believe that there’s a little STEM in every child that needs to be nurtured.

I WANT TO BRING EARLY STEM EDUCATION TO MY COMMUNITY

Schedule time to learn more about how you can jumpstart a STEM movement in your community.

Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines

Paige & Paxton
STEM Make-a-thons

for Mini Innovators

Space is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges for kids ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children's book series.
 
Challenges are led by scientists, engineers and technologists, and there's lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
 
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-your-self spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term "hack" is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
 
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.
Paige & Paxton STEM Make-a-thons featured in The Washington Post: "Kindergarten students get an introduction to engineering."

What is a Make-a-thon?

The Washington Post
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thon Simple Machines
Paige & Paxton Make-a-thons are dynamic, fun learning experiences that feature a full day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges for kids ages 4 to 7, based on characters and storylines from the Paige & Paxton children's book series.
 
Challenges are led by scientists, engineers and technologists, and there's lots of exploring, testing, breaking, making and learning!
 
The concept of the Make-a-thon derives from the do-it-your-self spirit of the “maker’s movement” and Silicon Valley hackathons. Here the term "hack" is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.
 
The foundation of both movements is showing the power of creativity and collaboration to solve pressing problems in our society.
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Thank you to our hosts at Oakton Elementary School!
Go Cougars!