Inspiring Young Scientists Ep2

March 26, 2019
7:00pm Eastern Time
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Teachers, you won’t want to miss out on this live conversation with the one and only Josh Caldwell from Code.Org! Josh, a former classroom teacher, is the author of “Creative Coding”, and the curriculum lead at Code.Org. This one hour live learning event will dive into how you can help students think about computational thinking in artful, creative, digestible and fun ways!

This is the second in our three-part, “Inspiring Young Scientists” series for educators interested in STEAM topics. Josh will join PBS Digital Innovator All Stars, Vinny Chiaramonte and Aaron Maurer, to talk about coding and STEAM education, and will highlight exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your classroom.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.

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60 minutes


  • Zoe Stahl


  • Vinny Chiaramonte

    Vinny Chiaramonte has a passion for lifelong learning, education, computer science, problem solving, and all things social science. Formerly a social science teacher Vinny started teaching computer science (CS) in 2014 at Bumpus Middle School in Hoover Alabama. He has experience teaching in private schools, low income schools, and schools of means. Vinny was named R.F. Bumpus Middle School Teacher of The Year (2015) and the Alabama Secondary Alternate Teacher of the Year (2016). Most recently he was recognized nationally as a 2017 Milken Educator Award recipient. His approach to teaching is deeply rooted in personal feelings and beliefs about the magnitude of impact and depth of influence teachers have in the lives of students. He is committed to students, their learning, and the tremendous responsibility in the development of children put in his care. Vinny believes there is always a better way until there is not. He enjoys consistently growing and thrives on pouring into and developing those around him.

  • Aaron Maurer

    Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this he served as an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching sixth grade social studies, literature and computer as well as spending many years teaching gifted education in grades 4-8 before taking on the new role of instructional coach. A former FIRST LEGO League coach for 8 years, Aaron is also a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, PBS Digital Innovator, PITSCO Tag Committee, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Minecraft Global Mentor, Makey Makey Ambassador and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEAM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. In his free time he loves to spend time with his three kids, Aiden, Addyson, and Ava, their new bulldog Frankie May, and acting like the fourth child to his wife Amanda

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