Professional Development

Early Childhood Education || Maker Education || Maker Boot Camp

The Amazeum is proud to be an AR Department of Education approved content provider for teacher professional development opportunities. From maker education to early childhood play-based techniques, the Amazeum is the place to hone, expand, and take new leaps in your teaching skills! Advanced registration and payment required.

Maker Education 

Skill Swaps
Skill Swaps are workshops where you can learn new tinkering skills and build upon the skills that you already have while experimenting first hand with ideas and materials. The Amazeum will lead an exchange of making/tinkering based skills and hands-on activities in order to develop your own tinkering and implementation with your students. Workshops are designed with teachers in mind but out of school time providers and libraries are encouraged to attend. Skill Swaps are ADE-approved for professional development credit. 

  • Makey Makey Skill Swap
    Date: May 17, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm
    Fee: $15 per person
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum

    This Skill Swap will focus on the creative tool called Makey Makey. We’ll explore how you can start inventing with a Makey Makey out of the box and how you and your students can take it further by combining it with Scratch to experiment with basic programming. Join us as we investigate this simple tool for incorporating technology into the classroom that has endless creative possibilities!

    Advanced registration and payment: click here to register 

Maker Boot Camp

Date: June 5-8, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Scott Family Amazeum

Maker Boot Camp is a four-day, immersive experience that will transform your maker skills whether you are a novice, developing maker, or just enjoy tinkering with things. Maker Boot Camp is designed for teachers, public librarians, and museum professionals. Maker Boot Camp includes the following:

  • Personal, hands-on tinkering experiences through process-focused workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
  • Roundtable discussions to reflect upon your tinkering experiences and unpack how tinkering is a  valuable learning process
  • Networking and skill swapping with makers from a wide range of educational settings

Fee includes take home materials and resources in addition to 28 hours of ADE professional development credits (optional).
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.  
Participants are asked to bring an electronic device such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. WiFi will be provided.
We recommend attending with another representative of your institution so that you can support each other’s process of making and reflecting.  

Fee: $1,000 per participant

Special pricing is available!

  • If 2 or more participants from the same institution register together: $850 per participant
  • Staff from Amazeum Making Spaces Schools: $750 per participant

Advance payment and registration required. Complete this form in order to begin the registration process. An Amazeum representative will contact you to finish the registration process upon receipt of completed form. Registration closes May 18, 2018.

Early Childhood Education Professional Development 

STEAM for Early Childhood
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 3-5 years
STEAM for Early Childhood workshop is for adults only

Young children are naturally driven to explore, play, and wonder about how and why things work. This workshop is designed to inspire confidence in exploring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) topics. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, educators will gain resources and teaching strategies to integrate STEAM into the early childhood classroom and practice techniques in guiding children in play-based facilitation.

  • Breaking STEAM apart and putting it back together for your classroom
  • Focus on process, not just outcomes; Support learning through play investigation
  • Creating provocations (challenges) that engage children in constructing knowledge

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in STEAM for Early Childhood workshop

Private Workshop:
Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
Fee: $425 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 30 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site ($500 workshop fee with additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

Object Play: Enriching Early Learner Environments
2 hour professional development workshop
Recommended for early childhood teachers/providers of children ages 9-60 months
Object Play workshop is for adults only

Object-rich environments provide meaningful, open-ended learning that is an effective way to help children develop their imagination, creativity, and to deepen critical thinking and problem solving skills. This workshop is designed to guide teachers’ understanding and practice of providing natural and recycled materials in the classroom and how to support children’s process of investigation and active exploration. Through this workshop, early childhood teachers and providers will

  • Discover the importance and benefits of object play in children’s learning and development
  • Identify strategies for supporting children’s object play
  • Make connections between themes and objects

Click here for the early learning standards addressed in Object Play workshop

  • Private Workshop:
    Date: to be determined in collaboration with Amazeum 
    Fee: $425 for a two-hour PD workshop for up to 30 participants (minimum of 10 participants)
    Location: Scott Family Amazeum (if space permits) OR at your site ($500 workshop fee with additional $50 mileage fee for sites over 45 miles from Amazeum)
    Advanced registration and payment required by contacting Director of Education at mporter@amazeum.org

 

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The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A museum with a foundation in the arts and sciences, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities.

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Hours

Mon: 10 am - 5 pm
Tues: closed
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1)
Please check our calendar for other variations of our hours.

Admission

Members - FREE
Kids under 2 years - FREE
Adults & Kids - $9.50

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