Professional Development

STEM@GTRI’s professional development programs directly connect the expertise of higher education and applied STEM research to Georgia’s K12 educators and into K12 STEM classrooms. Working hand-in-hand with partners at the State, district, and local level, STEM@GTRI prepares and supports Georgia’s STEM teaching work force with technical and pedagogical professional learning. These offerings are aimed to improve student learning outcomes in Georgia’s STEM courses, foster cultures of STEM literacy, and offer opportunities for teacher-driven innovation in STEM teaching and learning. As an integral program within one of the top engineering institutes in the world, STEM@GTRI has the unique advantage of being at the forefront of technological advances and having the ability to bring real-world STEM applications into learning to prepare Georgia’s technology workforce of the future.

STEM@GTRI connects K12 with higher education to bring the STEM expertise of research and teaching faculty directly to Georgia's teachers and students.

The professional development offerings span from 1-2 hour sessions that create awareness of technology applications for K12 classrooms to multi-day workshops that dive deep into STEM content and careers.

Explorers’ Guild

Since 1999, the Explorers’ Guild (EG) program has delivered free professional learning to Georgia’s K12 educators. The EGs focus on equipping educators with critical STEM skills and strategies to incorporate pedagogy effectively into instruction. The 2020-2021 series (four sessions per series) features: Podcasting for the Classroom, Prototyping and Design, and eSports and Gaming.​

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2020-2021 EG Schedule

Virtual EG Series | The Good of Games in K12 Education

Series Facilitator: Laura Levy, Human Factors Psychologist at the Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Tech and Research Director of GEAR (Gaming & Esports Applied Research

  • March 4, 2021 | Introduction - Games are good for you!
    Learn about the science behind how games are good for your brain, body, and overall wellness.
  • March 11, 2021 | Games in MY Classroom?
    Learn unexpected ways to teach with games.
  • March 18, 2021 | What does it mean to work in the games industry?
    They aren’t all programmers - learn what it means to go into the games industry and the skills required.
  • March 25, 2021 | Esports: Why should I care?
    Learn about the benefits of esports in STEAM education and how to start a team.

Gaming-Esports Series Resources

In this Explorer’s Guild series, attendees explored how games can benefit student wellness and motivation for STEAM learning, how to effectively integrate games into many types of classroom topics and activities, the types of skills students can develop that connect to jobs in the gaming industry, and the benefits and how to’s for starting an esports program at your school!

Virtual EG Series | The Powerful Act of Prototyping

Series Facilitator: Dr. Clint Zeagler, Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)

  • Jan. 21, 2021 | Technical Drawing – From Ideation to Illustration
    Dr. Clint Zeagler, IPaT
  • Jan. 28, 2021 | Paper Prototyping – Time- and Cost-Effective Prototyping
    Noah Posner, Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design and Dr. Clint Zeagler, IPaT
  • Feb. 4, 2021 | Digital Prototyping – 3D Modeling and Virtual Prototyping
    Tim Purdy, Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design and Dr. Clint Zeagler, IPaT
  • Feb. 11, 2021 | Discussing Prototyping – Pulling It All Together
    Dr. Clint Zeagler, IPaT

Prototyping Series Resources

In this Explorers' Guild series, attendees learned how technical drawings, paper prototyping, and digital prototyping could be used in the face-to-face, hybrid, or virtual classroom to help students think through ideas in project-based learning curriculum.

Virtual EG Series | Listen Up: Podcasts in the Classroom

  • Oct. 22, 2020 | Communicating Information Using Podcasts
    Fred Rascoe and Charlie Bennett, GT Library
  • Oct. 29, 2020 | Introduction to Creating Podcasts
    Fred Rascoe and Charlie Bennett, GT Library
  • Nov. 5, 2020 | Integrating Podcasts in Your Curriculum
    Christy Todd, Fayette County Public Schools
  • Nov. 12, 2020 | K12 Podcast Ideas and Strategies
    Tyler Kinner, GTRI and Heidi Turcotte, CEISMC

Podcast Series Resources

In this Explorers' Guild series, attendees learned how to use podcasts to make connections across disciplines, facilitate project-based learning, and increase literacy and communications skills.


Summer Inquiry Camp

Our summer professional learning focuses on engaging teachers in the authentic, cutting-edge work of our research faculty. Teachers walk away with new scenarios, methods, and contacts to engage students in authentic inquiry learning. The camp leverages STEM-focused experiential learning, evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment, and collaborative curriculum development. ​


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