New York STEAM Takes Smithsonian LVM to Pace University School of Education Campus

On August 18, 2015, the NY STEAM Girls Collaborative  held the second New York Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Educator Training.  The training was hosted by Pace University – School of Education in Pleasantville, New York.

The LVM is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos. The LVM developed a Teacher Toolkit to support educators with integrating this robust collection of transmedia and virtual exhibits into their existing STEM +Arts programs.

The Dean of Pace University – School of Education, Dr. Xiao-Lei Wang, started the day with some inspirational words regarding STEM Education and the changing landscape.  Before focusing on the LVM training, attendees participated in the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Speed Networking signature activity.  Participants learned about the NGCP, NY STEAM Collaborative and the LVM.

Many attendees have shared how excited they are to incorporate some of the LVM tools and resources from both the Day of the Dead and Eco Explorers modules that they learned about during the LVM training, into their classroom curriculums. Participants engaged in lively discussions about resources they found most valuable, and shared ideas about ways to connect the modules’ resources and suggested activities to their programs and existing curriculum. In addition, they were anxious to take time to explore the LVM in more depth and share what they learned with colleagues at the LVM Webinar in September.

Thank you to Pace University – School of Education for hosting this event and to all of the participants who were so engaged in the LVM training!