District Participates in Remake Learning Days

The Fox Chapel Area School District is participating in Remake Learning Days, May 15-26, 2017. Remake Learning Days is a 12-day celebration of activities and events showcasing everything that makes the Pittsburgh region a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. The week includes hundreds of free or low-cost hands-on learning activities and events across southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia with the purpose of engaging parents/guardians, children, and educators in the future of innovative learning. Fox Chapel Area educators and students will be hosting and participating in the following FREE educational events during Remake Learning Days:

•May 15 – 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – discoverED! at various elementary schools, including Kerr Elementary School and the University of Pittsburgh – The Fox Chapel Area School District, in partnership with Avonworth School District, received funding to support the second year of discoverED!, an opportunity for schools that differ in demographics to partner and swap students for a day and experience how STEAM, STEM, maker, and technology-enhanced education is happening in their partner school. The event will invite teachers and students to meet new people, explore other schools, and engage in discovery learning.  Approximately 200 students from ten schools will engage in an innovative learning experience at another district.  In turn, each participating district will be asked to host a classroom of students from a partner school to provide a similar experience.  Following the school learning activities, students from all participating schools will meet at the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall for lunch and a culminating group experience. discoverED! is closed to public, but the media is invited to attend. The Fox Chapel Area School District was the lead for this event last year as well and footage can be seen on the Remake Learning Days video https://vimeo.com/186260920.

•May 15 – 3-6 p.m. – Remake Learning Days Kick Off Showcasing the Fox Chapel Area School District and Others – PNC Park – This is a one-of-a-kind showcase of the future of learning for children in the Pittsburgh region. The kickoff is a free, family-friendly, drop-in event featuring dozens of fun and creative hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Come enjoy a unique experience at the ballpark with food, refreshments, and amazing learning opportunities. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remake-learning-days-2017-kickoff-registration-32006025885.

•May 16 – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Educator’s Code Studio Workshop – Kerr Elementary School – Teachers can learn how even the youngest students can explore the limitless world of computing. Code.org’s K-5 courses blend online, self-guided, and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities, some of which require no computer at all. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate. For more information, visit https://code.org/educate/curriculum/elementary-school. To register, please visit https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1531/enroll.

•May 18 – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Educator’s Code and Create Workshop – Kerr Elementary School – Educators will learn the basics of block-based coding (MIT’s Scratch) and how to integrate coding into elementary and middle school maker-spaces using Makey Makeys, micro controllers, and other robotic components. Kerr Elementary students will join visiting educators in the afternoon for a hands-on integrated session.  This learning opportunity is appropriate for those with beginning to intermediate coding knowledge. For more information, visit https://remakelearningdays.org/event/educator-code-create-workshop/. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/makers-code-create-tickets-31763008012.

•May 20 – 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Code.org Fundamentals Teacher Training & Certification – Fox Chapel Area High School – Code.org developed elementary curriculum empowering K-8 students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer. Printed and online curricula and class sets of supplies for unplugged activities (shipped to school) will be shared, and participants will have full access to online, interactive courses. Participants will understand how to support computational thinking through a scaffold approach that utilizes concrete manipulatives, “unplugged activities,” and computer-based applications, “courses, stages, and puzzles.” Participants will understand and have open access to a vertically-aligned computational thinking curriculum. Participants will learn how to embed coding and computational thinking practices in math, computer science, library, ELA, and science classes. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2oRJZjh. To register, visit https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1532/enroll.

•May 20 – 9-11 a.m. – Maker-Centered Learning in the Early Years for Educators – Kerr Elementary School – This hands-on workshop for educators will explore how to use maker-centered learning in the early childhood classroom in order to create a culture of learning. Participants will use assorted open-ended materials as learners in order to explore Thinking Routines and documentation and then unpack how to use these concepts as facilitators of their own students’ learning. The characteristics of making that are already present in students and how to use them to deepen their discoveries will be discussed. Participants will learn how to introduce, explore, and extend ideas using Thinking Routines. Open-ended materials and loose parts, discovering ways such play can provide the basis for investigation, and deepen children’s understanding will also be a part of the session. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maker-centered-learning-in-the-early-years-agency-through-making-in-early-childhood-tickets-31321884600.

•May 25 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Family Maker Night – Kerr Elementary School – This event is for children ages three-eight and their guardians. Attendees will be exposed to several different types of activities including Drawbots, Sculptures, Pizza Plate Makey Makey Piano, and LED Jewelry. Each family will receive a children’s picture book to take home with them in addition to the objects they make during the Maker Night. For more information and to sign up, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-maker-night-tickets-31321154416.

Additionally, in honor of Remake Learning Days, the Fox Chapel Area School District is hosting a STEAM Summer Camp at Hartwood Elementary School June 19-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  STEAM Camp registration will close at the culmination of Remake Learning Days on May 26. There is a cost for students to attend this summer camp. For more information and to register, visit https://fcasdsteamcamp.eventbrite.com/.

This year’s Remake Learning Days honorary co-chairs are Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Daya and independent hip hop artist for social change, Jasiri X. There are also many other events taking place for students and their families. Visit remakelearningdays.org for more information.

The Fox Chapel Area School District is an active participant in the Remake Learning Network and the League of Innovative Schools. The Network is a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Representing more than 250 organizations – including early learning centers and schools, museums and libraries, after-school programs and community nonprofits, colleges and universities, ed-tech startups and major employers, philanthropies and civic leaders – Remake Learning is collaborative effort to inspire and empower a generation of lifelong learners in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond.