John Palmer, the STEM Teacher at Corbett Preparatory School at IDS, in Tampa Florida USA, made a presentation at the 2019 International Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference in Orlando, Florida in early November 2019. The foundation of Global Learning, he contends, is connections, with conferences providing a way for educators to make new and personal connections around ideas they share.
In his session, John offered a hands-on STEAM activity for hot air balloon design and construction that connects across the curriculum to link Science, Technology, Engineering, Art of Design and Mathematics. The activity also connects to wish lanterns, for example, as well as to NASA’s plans for exploration of other planet’s atmospheres. Many connections can also be made to festivals and celebrations around the world. Participants were able to work together with former strangers, now new friends, to solve problems through cooperation, forming new global connections.