Join our hands-on, immersive professional development opportunities for preschool through middle school educators.
One of CCM's most impactful activities is the Mystery Box Challenge. Students are given a unique, age-appropriate challenge and are asked to work collaboratively to design a creative solution using a specific set of materials (wrapping paper tubes, foil, corks, etc.). This simple activity can be used to effectively build creative confidence, encourage risk-taking, practice perseverance, and employ critical thinking. Light refreshments will be provided.
Educators: All subject areas, 3rd-8th grade
Schedule: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 4:00-6:00pm
Cost: $30 per person, max capacity 25
Location: Children's Creativity Museum's Co-Lab
Course Content: In this hands-on workshop, we will share how you can implement the Mystery Box Challenge in your classroom with free or low-cost materials to fit with any content material. This workshop is designed to help you integrate critical thinking and creative problem-solving into your class curriculum. We will also share tips and best practices on encouraging reflection and asking open-ended questions. By the end of the program, we hope you'll be inspired to use the Mystery Box Challenge educators' guide to create an engaging classroom experience.
- Examine the importance of fostering creativity in young people
- Apply and adapt the activity to different content areas
- Discuss best practices in asking open-ended questions and encouraging creativity in all participants
Digital stop-motion animation is a powerful tool for learning, and offers a unique way to nurture students' creativity, collaboration, and literacy skills. In this hands-on workshop, educators will experience the process of stop-motion animation and discuss ways to implement digital storytelling in their classrooms. This approach allows students to work together to develop a story concept, create a variety of characters and settings, and film their own stop-motion animation movie. This activity can be adapted to almost any classroom curriculum and provides a fun learning platform for telling an original story, exploring historical events, recreating well-known tales, illustrating scientific concepts, and more! Light refreshments will be provided.
Educators: All subject areas, 2nd - 5th grade
Schedule: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 4:00-6:00pm
Cost: $30 per person, max capacity 30
Location: Animation Studio
Course Content: This interactive workshop teaches educators the process of stop-motion animation and explores how this creative learning tool can be used to enhance almost any curriculum. This workshop is designed to give educators an experiential understanding of the stop-motion animation process, creative problem-solving, and effective facilitation styles for teaching these concepts to young learners. We will also share tips and best practices on encouraging collaboration and asking open-ended questions. By the end of the program, educators will have a better understanding of how digital storytelling can support the development of their students' literacy skills in addition to strategies for integrating this creative learning tool into their curriculum.
- Gain experience with stop-motion animation and ways to facilitate this activity with young learners
- How to apply and adapt digital storytelling to different content areas
- Discuss best practices on encouraging collaboration and asking open-ended questions