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Thank You

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who helped make CITY Center for Collaborative Learning‘s annual Fall film screening event last Tuesday a huge success. This year we chose the 45-minute film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World so that a younger audience might join us for both the screening and the 45-minute panel/audience discussion following the film.  Thanks to everyone’s efforts we had a sold-out, full house in the main theater of The Loft Cinema with lots of young people and their parents, as well as, teachers from every level (pre-K through university) and other interested Tucsonans.

The whole event (including the panel/ audience discussion) was 90 minutes from 7:00-8:30 pm, however many audience members joined pre-event activities (starting at 6:00 pm) that included a robotics demonstration from the local Bit Buckets Robotics Team and a meet ‘n greet with some of our event co-sponsors: ASCE-Southern Arizona Branch, CommunityShare, LeadLocal, the STEMazing Project, Tucson Values Teachers, and UA College of Education.  Information tables were set-up in front of the theater and concessions were provided by The Loft Cinema.  Thank you to our co-sponsors for making this free Tucson event possible.

A special thanks to our panelists (from left to right in the photo):  DaNel Hogan (STEM educator, STEMazing Project), Peter Crown (multimedia collaboratory producer, NIH-funded program for disadvantaged high school students, UA College of Medicine, UA Medical Center), Deirdre Brosnihan (civil engineer, project manager at Pima County Regional Flood Control District, past president ASCE-Southern AZ Branch), David Rodriguez (student, UA-ASCE Chapter), Emilio Guevara (local leader, Bit Buckets robotics team), and Elizabeth Macias (former teacher, engineering designer & hydrologist, Tucson Water).  Your engaging stories and insightful responses to queries from our audience participants made the evening very special.  Download the event handbill to learn more about these amazing panelists.

Looking Forward

With ‘Dream Big’ in the rear view mirror, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning looks forward to providing a range of Tucson convening events and professional development experiences during the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.  Peruse/download our Events/Opportunities Brochure and especially note the three Residency Workshops coming up.  These are day-long immersion experiences into ‘best’ teaching & learning practices at our three ‘demonstration’ public schools.

In particular, consider signing up for the PBL/CommunityShare Residency Workshop on Tuesday, November 14th. This workshop is an opportunity for educators to deepen their understanding of how to design and implement project-based units of instruction and the ways that classroom-community partnerships can strengthen PBL planning and enhance student learning.  Read more at PBL/CommunityShare Residency Workshop.  Registration for this day-long residency is $100 ($75 per participant for groups of 2 or more).  Register at pblcommunityshare-residency.eventbrite.com.

And lastly Tucson, never stop dreaming big!