November 22, 2015

Preschool and Elementary STEM/STEAM Workshops

CEI STEM Road Show: Bring STEM/STEAM learning to your classroom, school, or district

CEI delivers highly rated STEM/STEAM workshops that range from 1.5- 6 hours.  For 20 or fewer participants we provide one trainer at costs starting at $1200-$1700.  For 20-50 participants, we provide 2 trainers, at costs starting at $2000-$2800.  Discounts are available for teachers and schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area or when you request 2-6 sessions. Contact Dr. Mason at for information on available modules and customization for your circumstances.

On-Going Workshops in Washington, DC

Currently offering “Spring into STEM” in Washington, DC.  Full Series: Six, 90-minute sessions

Pricing for individual participants starts at $60/session
Registration for the complete series: $325 – $450
Group discounts and special rates for DCACPS members available 

Register nowReview our training schedule below and register now for sessions offered as a part of these targeted training opportunities for early childhood educators.



Session One: STEM in the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom
Date | Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
This session is designed to help early childhood and elementary school educators recognize what STEM learning looks like in classroom settings. Our trainer will highlight the major characteristics of STEM education, offer practical solutions on providing real world context for young learners using quick and easy STEM-based activities, present how-to activities on creating lessons using content standards associated with DC Curriculum, and introduce technology-based tools that enhance educational experiences for young learners.

Session Two: Exploring Robotics
Date | Time: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Robotics in the early grades takes on many shapes and forms. Teachers will learn how to integrate robotics into pre-K and elementary school classrooms, including robot songs, books, and other arts-based options. Participants will consider how to use robots in classroom centers and will also have the opportunity to develop robots, with steps to take back to their classrooms, so that their students can develop simple robots too! Using Legos, pipe cleaners, toothpicks and other objects normally found in pre-K and elementary school classrooms, teachers will learn how to create simple robots, how to teach the basic functions of a robot, and why robotics is so important in society.

Session Three: Problem Solving Approaches in STEM
Date | Time: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris

In today’s world where information is so easy to acquire, it is less important for students to access information to help them problem solve, than it is for them to use information to create new solutions to ongoing problems. Educators will learn how to embed problem-solving in early childhood-elementary academic activities. They will also get tips on how to guide their students to draw from prior knowledge and solve real-world problems. Teachers will engage in project -based learning simulations to create lessons to help their students meet the DC Curriculum expectations for math and science.

Session Four: Making and Tinkering
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through this engaging and highly interactive workshop. Through playful experiences, educators will investigate how making and tinkering experiences support fundamental STEM thinking and learning for young children. Teachers will examine 2-3 aspects of maker education (tinkering, making and engineering) and explore what these look like in early childhood settings (pre-school through grade 3). They will also experience making and tinkering activities as a learner and reflect as an educator on results with young children. Teachers will learn strategies that are necessary for establishing an environment that inspires children to think creatively, take risks, and solve problems.

Session Five: Engineering in the Early Years
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
Early engineering often takes the form of students building with blocks or Legos. Engineering instruction should not be relegated to the construction of Lego bricks. This workshop will help you “step outside the blocks” to motivate the next generation of problem solvers. Developing an engineering identity in the early years is a significant indicator of education and professional persistence. Teachers will participate in hands-on engineering challenges that empower young children to see themselves as problem solvers. These activities also help young learners to understand that there is more than one way to solve a problem, and that it’s okay to fail and try again. Age-appropriate engineering activities are crucial for setting young learners up for success. This session will help you to create young engineers who will learn how to develop a technology that has a specific, measurable function that matches their ability to handle complex processes as they age.

Session Six: Mindful STEM
Date | Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Trainer: Orinthia Harris
A mindful STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Learn how neuroscience supports connecting mindfulness to STEM in teaching and learning. Through mindful exercises, teachers will learn about ways to focus and de-stress students, as well as themselves. Find out about how daily mindfulness practices can help students reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration and engagement, sleep better, improve social skills, and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. Teachers will also gain insights about ways to promote mindsets that are at the core of discovery and enthusiasm with STEM learning.

Meet our Presenter:

OHOrinthia Harris, STEM Educator. Orinthia Harris is a dynamic educator with over ten years of experience both inside and outside the classroom.  She collects, analyzes, and interprets data related to academic goals and teacher effectiveness.  She has assisted in implementing after- school, STEM, and community based intervention programs with the Columbia Association, the Boys & Girls Club, elementary schools, and several faith based organizations.  She served in her District’s ESOL department where she designed and implemented brain-based lessons for elementary ESOL students.

Orinthia has a passion for making learning engaging, and has presented on how to effectively motivate and engage all students.  She is a member of Center for Applied Science and Technology’s (CAST) faculty cadre, where she developed free resources that link UDL and the Common Core State Standards for National center on UDL.  She is currently working on her dissertation at Notre Dame of Maryland University.  Her thesis will focus on the effect of teacher perceptions on STEM achievement.

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