February 26, 2016

Professional Development, workshops, exhibits, and conferences

The Rubber Band Project has been invited to an increasing number of Professional development events for teachers, workshops for students, and we are currently submitting proposals to  publications.

Student Excellence Foundation STEM Expo 11.3.17
Rubber Band Project staff worked with hundreds of students doing both squishy circuits and robot coding.  Sorry about not having picutres, we were to busy helping students!

Fry Elementary School (Indian Prairie School District 3.21.17)
On 3.21.17 Rubber Band Project staff participated in a STEAM day at Fry Elementary School.  We worked with K-5th grade on circuitry, specifically Squishy Circuits.  Topics ranged from what was a circuit, to how we got electricity.  Each student to got build a successful parallel  and series circuit.  After getting down the basics students had time to bring their own sculptures to live. Notice the students who decided to include their battery as part of the sculpture.  It was a smart idea to make their whole piece of art more finshed.

 

 

 

 

 

Cantigny First Division Museum (7.28.16)
On 7.28.16 Rubber Band Project staff led a catapult workshop for students 8-13 years old in conjunction with Cantigny’s First Division Museum.  We spent time talking about simple machines and different types of catapults. Then students actually build lever and pulley catapults and “attacked” a “Cantigny Castle” placed 50 feet away.  It was a fantastic morning!

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Fry Elementary School (Indian Prairie School District 3.22.16)
On 3.22.16 Rubber Band Project staff participated in a STEAM day at Fry Elementary School.  We worked with K-5th grade on circuitry, specifically Squishy Circuits.  Topics ranged from what was a circuit, to how we got electricity.  Each student to got build a successful parallel  and series circuit.  After getting down the basics students had time to bring their own sculptures to live.

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Matea Valley Teacher Professional Development 3.4.16
On 3.4.16 Rubber Band Project staff ran a professional development for Matea Valley high school teachers.  We explored circuity with both Squishy Circuits and  greeting cards that lit up LED’s.

*Please contact steve@rubberbandproject if you our your school district are interested in learning more about this project.

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New 200 STEM Expo 1.28.16

On 1.28.16 Rubber Band Project Staff ran three booths at the NEW 200 Foundation STEM Expo!  Our students and staff presented; Squishy Circuits, Student’s fall Makey Makey projects, and programming with Ozobots.  Thanks to the wonderful club students and parents that helped us run our three booths.  Students from around D200 came by, and even some teachers and district principals stopped bye.  They are very interested in what we are doing..

*Please contact steve@rubberbandproject if you our your school district are interested in learning more about this project.

 

NIU “STEAM” it up conference 8.3.15.
Rubber Band Project founders participated in a Pannel discussion of what it takes to run a STEAM program at Northern Illinois University. 
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Emerson PTA STEM fair 4.21.2015

On 4.21.15 Rubber Band Project Staff ran a booth at the Emerson Elementary School PTA STEM fair.  The booth focused on Squishy Circuits.  Students from Emerson got to learn about circuitry and build their own sculpture with dough and LED’s.

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