Finding technology online is easy, but where can teachers get opportunities to try the technology out first hand? CUE conference STEAMpunk Playground, that’s where.
The STEAMpunk Playground provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers to get hands-on experience with the technology they have only read about. The success of the STEAMpunk Playground is partly related to the variety of educational tools made available to teachers through the CUE STEAMpunk Deployment Squadron, which allows teachers to borrow various class-ready coding or STEAM materials. These kits range from user-friendly—such as Makey Makey and Littlebits—to the more advanced, such as Labdisc and robotics programming.
Teachers wanting to try out something through STEAMpunk will explore and, most importantly, fail with these tools. The ideas on how to implement writing, math, science, history, and more will come while making your own discoveries.
This year, teachers will have the chance to visit the STEAMpunk Playground at the Fall CUE Conference in American Canyon, CA, October 27-28. At this event, teachers will have access to some of the best education technology has to offer. This is also a place teachers will get a first-hand look at some of the new tools being considered as part of future STEAMpunk kits. Not to give too much away, but let’s just say there are some neat additions in virtual reality and augmented reality.
If you are a teacher who will be at Fall CUE, please stop by and play. STEAMpunk experts will be on hand to help you make a justification-filled shopping list to take back to your district.
Jesus Huerta is a sixth-grade teacher at Margaret Hedrick Elementary School in El Centro, California. He has been teaching for four years. This is his first year as the STEAMpunk playground coordinator. He is also a past Leroy Finkel fellowship finalist.