Hands On Math  

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The Sierra STEM Collaborative offers professional development for STEM teachers. Several workshops have been offered in Hands-on Math and Implementing the Standards of Mathematical Practice.

IGNITE Webinar

Sierra College is offering a webinar on May 22, 2014 on Ignite Your CTE Students’ Math Skills. Ignite Registration   Materials

Flyer:Ignite Your CTE Students’ Math Skills May 22 2014 Sierra College

Watch the Math in Welding webinar on You Tube

Sierra STEM Hands-on Math Workshops

To see the materials used in the Sierra STEM Hands-on Math Workshops as well as the applied Mathematics lessons – go to the Materials Tab.

Below are announcements from the Hands-on Math Workshops to give visitors an idea of what this training covers.

Implementing the Standards of Mathematical Practice 2014 Workshops 

Fridays March 14, April 4 and May 9 2014

4:30 to 7:30 PM

Sierra College Roseville Gateway campus, 333 Sunrise Ave., Roseville

No fee to attend, registration is required.

Register: Call Valaine Hoffmann at 530-305-6700 or email: valaine(at)

Sierra STEM Hands on Math Common Core March May 2014 Workshops Flyer

During the hands-on training, teachers will benefit from experiential learning strategies that they can use immediately in the classroom. Teachers will learn from each other during facilitated group discussions that model questioning strategies and skills that engage students through inquiry-based learning. To strengthen students’ critical thinking skills and build their mathematical reasoning, workshop participants will practice creating and solving “Big Problems.” computer

Jeanne Villeneuve, a mathematics teacher at Del Oro High School, and Virginia Horowitz, an educational consultant, will be the instructors. They will combine their skills in mathematics instruction and curriculum development to inspire teachers. Through these workshops, teachers will enhance their instruction techniques to better engage all students.



Hands On Algebra Workshop Series in Fall of 2013

Building on the Sierra STEM Collaborative’s earlier work with the National Science Foundation to infuse math into the Tech-Explorer catapult project, new professional development will be offered in fall 2013. Math teachers will use a modified version of the catapult to teach hands on algebra. Sierra STEM Hands-on Algebra flyer Find class materials using the “Materials” tab above.

Five New Lessons to Engage your Students

Save these dates:

  • August 23   (Friday)
  • September 6 (Friday)
  • September 20 (Friday)
  • October 4 (Friday)

What:     Training to deliver five applied algebra lessons on quadratic functions

Who:       Teachers of Algebra I, Algebra II (early review stage), or a technical education course

When:    4PM light dinner and 4:30 – 7:30PM Interactive Workshops

Where: Placer COE Annex, Nobili Room (365 Nevada Street, Auburn) – August 23 & September 6
                  Placer COE Main, Burns Room (360 Nevada Street, Auburn) – September 20 & October 4

This applied algebra unit helps students create connections between algebraic principles, concepts, and skills and real world applications in the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering (STEM).  Through the use of mathematical practices connected to Common Core State Math Standards, students learn to demonstrate conceptual understanding of key algebraic concepts. The demonstrations, experiments, and projects in this unit assist students to apply math concepts and calculations through experiential learning to anchor their math knowledge.

The curriculum is designed for student exploration of quadratic functions through graphing, factoring, and transformation.  A culminating activity involves building and launching a projectile from a catapult, collecting data, and writing a corresponding function.  The curriculum challenges students to analyze and synthesize data in order to make predictions and test hypotheses.