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STEAM Stories with Bricks

Children love stories and using their creativity to build. In this session, we will explore ways to merge these strategies through playful interactions that integrate algebraic reasoning and spatial skills. 

Materials Needed:

  • Option 1: 6 (4x2) and 6 (2x2) DUPLOs or LEGOs

  • Option 2: Blocks at least 6 cubes and 6 rectangular prisms

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Aileen has worked in math education for 20+ years. She has served in state capacities with the California Department of Education and various community organizations. She has earned two master degrees - one in Educational Technology and another in Mathematics Education, and is currently a PhD student in STEM education at Texas Tech University. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University teaching both math and engineering courses. Aileen’s work in the STEM fields fueled her to realize the importance of providing young children with powerful educational experiences and the need for advocating for the equity of women and girls within these fields.

Aileen Rizo

Beverly has worked in education as a teacher, math specialist, coach, professional developer, and educational consultant. She is passionate about engaging with educational research that can empower teachers to equip all students to understand mathematics. She is excited to support teachers and empower them to teach mathematics utilizing best practices in a way that equips students to deepen their mathematical knowledge. Her bachelor’s degree, California teaching credential, and master’s degree in Math Education were completed at Fresno Pacific University.

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Beverly Ford

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