ITTIP Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Summer Learning and Entrepreneurship at Camp Invention! This summer, ITTIP staff hosted two, one-week Camp Invention learning experiences for elementary students. The first week of the camp, July 23-27, 2018, included students entering 3rd or 4th grade. The second week of the camp, July 30 – August 3, 2018,

Above: Student shares their adopted pet with accessories

included students entering 5th or

ing activity included the building

6th grade. While the curriculum

and celebration of a dog park for

was the same for both camps,

all their furry friends!

delivery was modified based on the needs of the participating stu-

A second module included the


exploration of sensors and how they are used, or could be used, in

The students worked through four

the real world. Students explored

different modules throughout the

and invented how sensors could

week, each one focusing on a dif-

be used in clothing, vehicles of the

ferent content and design chal-

future, and even for underwater

lenges. The first module included

exploration and fire fighting! One

taking the role of a veterinarian to

invention had students creating

examine the anatomy of a ro-

a vehicle of the future where they

botic dog in relationship to a real

had to test their colloboratively

dog and to diagnose pet illnesses

made vehicles for safety with sen-

through science investigations.

sors from a Crash Test Dummy.

Students “adopted” one of the

Students also enjoyed decorating

robotic dogs and their new pets

and taking home their very own

got to go home with them, after

light sensing Optibot.

adding fur and accessories to their pets during the week. A culminat-

Students had their design abilities (continued page 3)

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in PK-12 classrooms through the use of technology by providing high-quality professional development for educators and engaging programs for students, in order to maximize their learning experiences and opportunities in a globally competitive workforce.

Upcoming events Sept 3 Holiday - Offices Closed Sept 11 STEAM Night, Nottoway, Virginia Sept 19 SVRTC Meeting, Nottoway High School Sept 27 STEAM Night, Henrico, Virginia In This Issue

Page 1 Summer Learning - Camp Invention Page 2 Model My Watershed Master Teacher Workshop Page 3 SVRTC Meeting Dates


Summer 2018 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

Model My Watershed - Master Teacher Workshop This summer, ITTIP’s STEM

face-to-face on how MMW cur-

ity of the water. Teachers were

Learning Specialist, Stephanie

riculum has been implemented

able to take these tools back to

Playton, along with two Virginia

across grade levels and various

their home states to use in their

teachers, participated in the Model

science classrooms. In addition,


My Watershed (MMW) Master

teachers learned about technology

Teacher Workshop in Concord,

innovations such as SensorTags,

Visit Concord Consortium’s

Massachusetts. The workshop

digital microscopes, and web apps,

blog post to learn more about

included two and a half days of

to later share with colleagues and

the summer event, or visit IT-

learning with participants from

customize watershed activities.

TIP’s project page.

eight states (CA, CO, IA, KS, MA, MO, PA, VA). The teachers were

One of the hands-on experiences

chosen to participate in the Mas-

included using Leaf Packs. The

ter Teacher Workshop due to their

teachers used the Leaf Packs by

previous participation in one of

extracting soaked leaves from a

Virginia’s previous cohorts of

stream and examining its contents


of aquatic macroinvertebrates with tools provided in the kit. Master

The workshop enabled teachers

Teachers entered the data col-

from across states to collaborate

lected into a Water Quality App, so they could determine the qual-

Above: A Virginia participant examines the quality of the water from a nearby stream using the LeafPack toolkit.

Through My Window Are you looking for a way to ingetrate your literacy time with STEM?

Check out,

Through My Window, a free full length young adult novel (grades 4-8) with lesson plans that integrate into the book’s theme on artificial intellegence. The developed curriculum gives a lot of flexibility for integration, as the lesson plans range from 7-day to 60-day plans. Currently the project, funded by the National Science Foundation, additionally has two online learning adventures to go along with the novel: Rio’s Brain on the subject of artificial intelligence and Trapped in Time on the engineering design cycle. The grant funded project is expanding, so be on the lookout for new materials and learning adventures on the website!


Summer 2018 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

summer Learning and Entrepreneuring at Camp Invention! (cont.) challenged as they explored the

instructors, Dr. Paula Leach, ITTIP

internet of things while they built

Director, and Stephanie Playton,

and decorated their own mini-

ITTIP STEM Learning Specialist,

mansions in the third module.

led the activities for both camps.

They learned about and integrated renewable energy sources, as well

Susan Throckmorton, ITTIP Office

as smart devices as they blinged

Manager, and Barbara Scott, Logis-

out their mansions. A culminating

tics Coordinator, were a huge help

activity included “house warm-

in the success of the programs, as

ing” parties as the students shared

they were on campus most of the

their “new” houses.

time assisting the lead teachers.

Above: Students work on coding their Bluebot through an obstacle course.

The last module in the Camp

Camp attendees included students

and closed a couple weeks later

Invention curriculum included

from the following local school di-

with an extensive wait list.

“mini challenges” that had stu-

visions: Appomattox, Buckingham,

dents thinking about themselves

Charlotte, Cumberland, Nottoway,

Check out our YouTube video to

as inventors while they explored

and Prince Edward County. The

get a better idea of what kind of

other inventors and entrepreneurs

camps were supported by ITTIP

experiences the participants had.

throughout the week. By the end

at Longwood University and were

ITTIP looks forward to hosting

of the week, students learned how

provided at no cost to the partici-

more camps next year, so be on

they could take their own ideas,

pants. Registration information

the look-out for registration next

keep those ideas safe, and be-

was sent to schools in early May


come inventors themselves! Camp participants also enjoyed keeping notes and ideas in their own Inventor Logs throughout the week for all of the activities. Additional activities integrated into the students’ time at camp, included exploration and coding experiences with Bluebots. Students learned how to “debug” code as they problem-solved through various obstacle courses. Camp

2018-2019 SVRTC Meeting Dates Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Wednesday, November 28, 2018 No December Meeting Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 No March Meeting – Awards Banquet Wednesday, April 17, 2019 **All meetings for the 2018-2019 school year begin at 10:00 am at Nottoway High School, 5267 Old Nottoway Road Crewe, Virginia For more information, visit