In July 2012, the Salvadori Center is offering its annual three-day Summer Institute. The Institute is open to teachers of all grade levels who will unlock the math and science embedded in the built-environment through concepts of architecture/engineering. They will see first-hand how hands-on/minds-on learning can promote critical thinking and problem-solving in their students as well as coherent instruction in their own teaching.
In this intensive three–day institute, participants will acquire a deep knowledge of the built environment and use it to extend their students’ application of math, science and the humanities. The Institute will begin with participants investigating different components of architecture and engineering that are essential to the construction of structures. Participants will apply their knowledge from these investigations by designing and constructing their own scaled model of a structure. One goal of the Salvadori Institute is to align the Center’s methodology with the Department of Education’s Common Core Standards. Therefore, the Institute will culminate with participants creating an interdisciplinary lesson outline based on a built environment theme that they can later implement in their classroom.
The 3 day intensive workshop costs $350 per teacher
Two (2) or more teachers from the same school receive a 10% discount ($315 each)
A limited number of Summer Institute scholarships are awarded to teachers who have an interest in and in the effectiveness of Project-based-learning (PBL). One (1) full and two (2) partial scholarships are awarded based on available funds together with the quality and quantity of applicants. Scholarships allow a teacher to participate in the intensive Salvadori Institute and immerse him/herself in the PBL methodology and teaching using the built environment. Scholarship information will be posted in March 2012.
DAY 1: Foundation: Why Do Buildings Stand Up?
On this first day, participants will analyze why structures stand up. They will investigate different shapes and forms that are used in the construction of structures and evaluate their properties.
DAY 2: “Reaching the Sky”
On this second day, participants will use the knowledge acquired from the previous day on the strength and form of structures to design and construct a skyscraper. Participants will also take a neighborhood walk and analyze the height of the structures surrounding the workshop local.
DAY 3: Salvadori in Your Classroom
On this third day, participants will apply the methodology of PBL into subject areas that they have to teach, by writing a lesson plan outline with a focus on the built environment. They will also develop an assessment tool that will allow them to assess students as well as the lesson itself.
Teachers can register for the Summer Institute and apply for scholarships (posted in March 2012) by contacting the Salvadori Center via email or telephone: (212) 870-3970 (ask for Erin McCluskey, Education Director.
The Salvadori Center is located at:
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1370
New York, New York 10115-0031