NC East Alliance

STEM East Northeast Workshops

November 08, 2021

During Fall 2021, two face to face workshops were hosted: (1) Sustainable Architecture and Construction; and (2) Coastal, Marine, Ocean Sciences and Trades. Central to workshop design was the use of industry themed venues (place-based learning) that strengthens teacher participatory, hands-on learning. Each workshop's attendance included teachers, school leaders and industry experts. From a pedagogical perspective, Workshop #1 focused on creating a PBL classroom culture coupled to an immersive tour of new Aviary and Breeding Center. Workshop #2 introduced Buck Institute's Gold Standard Design/Teacher Tools coupled to an immersive tour of marine archeology, coastal reclamation and renewable ocean energy. Each workshop scaffolded teacher expertise to meet the challenge of integrating industry knowledge (expertise plus authentic venues) and pedagogy in the contexts of their work. Workshop #2 also introduced industry expert preparation. Workshop #1 Dare, Hertford and Halifax participated. Workshop #2 Currituck, Dare, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank, Hertford, Halifax, Perquimans, and Hyde participated. Bruce Middleton, Director of STEM East Network, and Alesha Daughtrey, Executive Director of Center for Teaching Quality, were the workshop designers and facilitators. Todd Borghesani was the project manager. These workshops are funded by Golden Leaf.

Workshop #1

Introduction to Sustainable Architecture & Construction

One-day Event: Monday, Sept 27

Venue: Sylvan Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Authentic Venue | About The Sylvan Heights Bird Park

In 1981, founders Mike and Ali Lubbock moved to the United States from England, bringing extensive waterfowl knowledge with them.  They founded Sylvan Heights Waterfowl in the mountain town of Sylva, North Carolina, and began breeding rare waterfowl from around the world. In 1989, the Lubbocks moved the entire collection to Scotland Neck, North Carolina, in the northeast corner of the state.  Sylvan Heights Waterfowl II, now called the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center, was established, and has continued to grow into the largest collection of exotic and rare waterfowl in the world.  The facility now houses more than 3,000 birds representing 140 species, and plays a key role in maintaining the captive populations of several endangered waterfowl species.

As the collection at the Avian Breeding Center continued to grow, so did interest from conservation organizations, educational facilities, and the local public. In 2003, under the guidance of the North Carolina Zoological Society, the Lubbocks began planning a bird park that would allow the public to enjoy and learn about birds and waterfowl from around the world, without disturbing the important nesting birds at the Avian Breeding Center.  Sylvan Heights Bird Park opened in 2006, and now receives more than 55,000 visitors each year. 

Industry Expert Group

Mike Lubbock, Executive Director, Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Brent Lubbock, Director of Operations and Development, Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Myriah Shewchuk, Senior Landscape Architect, The East Group (Civil Engineers for SHBP Aviary)

Todd Edwards, Edwards Construction Company (Built the ECU GlassStation)

Simone Pate, Pitt County Schools, Tradesformers Apprenticeship Program

Robert Chin, Professor Emeritus, ECU Design BS Program

Workshop Details

Our first workshop explored PBL Classroom Culture. Effective Project Based Learning is not just about designing a good project and managing it well; it’s also about creating the right culture in your classroom. Classroom culture takes on particular significance in PBL. When the goal is to foster inquiry, risk taking, persistence, and self-directed learning, culture is too important to leave to chance. Building the right culture for PBL requires ongoing effort and attention by both teachers and students. Instead of being hidden, a PBL culture needs to be openly constructed, reinforced, and celebrated.”

In this context, we introduced the central concept of our workshop series: bridge industry knowledge and pedagogical expertise. Subject matter and pedagogy are peculiarly and persistently divided in the conceptualization and curriculum of teacher education and learning to teach. This fragmentation of practice leaves teachers on their own with the challenge of integrating subject matter knowledge and pedagogy in the contexts of their work.

Workshop #2

Introduction to Coastal, Marine, Ocean Science & Trades

One-Day Event | Tuesday, Oct 19

Venue | Coastal Studies Institute, ECU Outer Banks Campus, 850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Authentic Venue | About The Coastal Studies Institute

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Elizabeth City State University. The research expertise of CSI span a variety of coastal disciplines including coastal dynamics, ecology, biology, economics, environmental geography, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering.  The program uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive. The Coastal Studies Institute is located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus on Roanoke Island.

Industry Experts Group

John McCord (Our Host), Marine UAV and Marine Archeology

Bob Peele, Boat Building Industry, Custom Boat Entrepreneurs and Craftsmanship

Ray Delvillar, Oyster Farm Manager, Coastal Federation

Spencer Wilkinson, Research Technician, NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program

Kris Noble, County Government, Oyster Farming and Commercial Fishing

Workshop Details

Our first workshop explored Creating PBL Classroom Culture. Building on the first workshop, we introduced design tools and methodology. We continued to refine of our methodology for bringing pedagogical experts—our middle school teachers—together with industry experts to advance an authentic inquiry-driven PBL teaching approach.

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