TEP Teacher Summer Camp 2023

Open to all TEP partner school educators. Sign up for one day only. 

This year’s summer camp theme is “Decades of Fun!” Get ready for prizes, games, and decades-related surprises-  sure to be a “nifty” and “totally radical” good time. Learn more about the workshops each day below! 

What is TEP Summer Camp? 

TEP partner school educators can choose from one of four days. Each day runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Educators should plan to stay the entire day. The camp day includes a morning volunteering with TEP, a free lunch, a Creative Corner shopping session, and a 2-hour Act 48 Accredited Professional Development. Learn more about the free workshops below and sign up for your choice of summer camp day! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023: Coding and Building with MicroBits

Led By Julie Snyder, a 26-year career educator

Julie Snyder is a recently retired teacher from Mt. Lebanon School District who dedicated 26 years of her career to teaching elementary and middle school students. Her area of specialization was in STEM education, with a particular focus on maker spaces. Julie spent the last 4 years of her career teaching robotics, coding, 3D printing, electronics, and laser engraving to 7th and 8th grade Tech Ed students at Mellon Middle School. Outside of the classroom, Julie continues to serve as a board member for Matt’s Maker Space, an organization that supports the integration of maker spaces into schools and communities. 

Build an automated walking inchworm using the MicroBit Inventors kit. With a little creativity and simple programming logic, educators will have hands-on experience with the easy-to-use MicroBit.  Experience a quick build and see how this little bit of technology has limitless potential for all grade levels and classrooms.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tep-teacher-summer-camp-day-1-tickets-591669037017

Wednesday, June 28, 2023: Solutions-Based Climate Change Education

Led by Mark Reardon, Director of Education, Communitopia

An Integrated Approach to Climate Change Education: Educators will gain confidence in teaching about climate change and sustainability by incorporating age-appropriate and solution-centered frameworks into their curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on creating multi-dimensional lessons that align with the newly adopted PA STEELS standards.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tep-teacher-summer-camp-day-2-tickets-595018395037

Thursday, June 29, 2023: Novel Engineering – Designing Maker Solutions for Problems Discovered through Reading Stories

Led By: Dr. Shelly Bucci, 2nd Grade Teacher, New Castle Area School District

Explore Novel Engineering – an innovative teaching strategy to integrate literacy and engineering into the K12 curriculum. Using design thinking and maker materials, we will explore stories as the basis for engineering design challenges that identify problems as we design realistic solutions. Literature at all levels with design suggestions will be shared.

I am a current 2nd grade teacher in the New Castle Area School District going into my 29th year.  Have also taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grade, have been a Title I reading specialist and a STEM facilitator for grades K-12 in the district. Received my PhD from Pitt and have certifications in reading and preK-12 Principal. Through Tufts University took a Novel Engineering course. Love literature and STEM!!!! (making in particular)

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tep-teacher-summer-camp-day-3-tickets-623710784747

Friday, June 30, 2023: Discovery Challenges and Custom Curriculum Needs

Led By James Jenkins, STEAM Hub Program Manager, TEP

Map your curriculum needs to the tools, resources, and materials provided in our STEAM Hub. Opportunities to customize existing sets, develop new initiatives, or experiment and learn a new learning kit or tool.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tep-teacher-summer-camp-day-4-tickets-623712349427

TEP Teacher Summer Camp is made possible thanks to our partners: 

Visit to Learn More: https://www.mattsmakerspace.org/

Visit to Learn More: https://www.communitopiapgh.org/