STEM Teacher Professional Development

Friday, February 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC)
Room 2032 (in the library)

Rock Star STEM: Using Music Videos to Teach STEM

Facilitated by: Janet Moore, Illinois State University

Rock band OK Go continues to make incredible music videos that incorporate math and science concepts in wonderful and creative ways. In this workshop, you will dive into the world of OK Go music videos, investigating the mathematics and science concepts in each of them and exploring possible connections between the videos and your classroom. Then, learn how to plan your own classroom music videos that highlight other math and/or science concepts that you teach.


Please plan to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. to allow adequate time to find parking. Building and Parking maps can be found by clicking here.

Note: If your school is not listed, we unfortunately cannot accept your registration at this time as this event is only for high school teachers within the College of DuPage district.



Connections to Illinois Learning Standards

Participants will engage in classroom activities that emphasize the Mathematical Practices (MP) and Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) that are integral to the new Illinois Learning Standards. Specifically, from the Standards for Mathematical Practice, the "Rock Star" activities require participants/students to apply problem-solving skills (MP1), quantitative reasoning (MP2), select and use appropriate tools (MP5), recognize and use mathematical patterns (MP7, MP8), and attend to detail/precision (MP6) as they investigate mathematics and science concepts incorporated in music videos. Along the way, participants/students will utilize several Practices of Science and Engineering as they ask questions (SEP1), carry out investigations (SEP3), analyze and interpret data (SEP4), use mathematical and computational thinking (SEP5), and obtain, evaluate, and communicate information (SEP8) as they plan their own STEM music video. 


8:30 a.m.    Arrival, coffee, ice breakers

9 a.m.         OK Go music video Introduction

10 a.m.       break

10:15 a.m.  music video investigation

11:45 a.m.  working lunch: finding STEM in unexpected places

12:45 p.m.  SMArt Project Introduction

1:45 p.m.    break

2 p.m.         design classroom SMArt Projects

2:45 p.m.    wrap up and evaluations


Contact Information

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01B, (630) 942-3021

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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