Unique Professional Learning Out of the School Box

Are you interested in teaching your students how to fly drones, while introducing them to the many uses drone technology has in the modern world? What about taking your students on Google Expeditions, so they can learn the value of empathy and shared experiences? We also offer courses centered on 3D printing and Glowforge 3D laser printing so your students can learn more about the future of manufacturing, medicine, design and STEM education.

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Illustrated Educators Program

Empowering Educators Through Storytelling

mindSpark Learning and Brink Literacy Project are beyond excited to announce a partnership, and to offer an in-depth six-week program centered on storytelling through the medium of comics.

Course participants will interact with celebrity comics creators, storyboard their own incredible tales and adventures as educators and work hand-in-hand with experts from both organizations to bring engaging storytelling back to their classrooms. All participants will also be given the chance to have their story added to a published anthology of educator super teacher stories!

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If you’ve been looking for a new and engaging way to tell your story as an educator, this program is for you!


"Brink's storytelling curriculum is an incredibly effective literacy education tool because it is widely accessible to all participants. The streamlined process of having program attendees analyze stories in terms of Establishment, Visual Climaxes, Turning Points and Resolution allows everyone to access advanced concepts such as plot structure, character development and complex themes.”

Johnny Caputo, Brink Education Specialist


Celebrity Guests

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A Brilliant Partnership

We’re ecstatic to be partnering with such a great organization in Brink Literacy Project to offer this program to educators. Through this partnership, we are able to work with experts in storytelling through the medium of comics, are connected to leaders in the space — from celebrity comic creators to incredible artists/illustrators — and offer a program that incorporates the expertise of Brink Literacy Project, while also ensuring the learning is implementable in the classroom.

 
 

You can learn more about the incredible work Brink Literacy Project is doing by visiting their website here.

The Drone Project

Taking Problem-Based Learning To New Heights

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mindSpark Learning is bringing an entirely unique learning experience to educators and students alike with drones, and our problem-based learning model!

Through an exciting partnership with Wings Over the Rockies, schools and classrooms will be able to learn the basics of aerodynamics, the concepts of flight and drone ethics. Furthermore, we will also provide schools and classrooms access to drone kits they can rent. These kits won’t only feature the drones, but also include a pre-packaged partnership with local organizations and industries that allow students and educators to dive straight into a problem-based learning project.

For example, students could work with national parks to better understand the impact of invasive species on ecosystems; they could work with local firefighters to understand how drones can help with fire mitigation; or, they could work with local transportation services to gain insights into traffic patterns and the risks that natural phenomena pose to drivers.

There are two learning paths educators can choose from, both of which begin with an introduction to drone safety and ethics for the drones within their kits:

Path 1 - The Science of Flight

To support learning and the concepts of “Four Forces of Flight,” students will build a single-wing plane.

Educators will use the drones to teach students the basic mechanics and engineering of flight, discussing the basics of aerodynamics.

Path  2 - CS & Drone Programming

This path introduces block coding to students, so they can program basic commands for drones in the kit.

They can also explore solutions to basic flight challenges, like yaw turns, flips and obstacle course challenges by using basic flight programming codes.

Additional learning paths will be added later this year.

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In Partnership with Wings Over the Rockies:

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Google Expeditions

A Different Approach to Reality

Students are stimulated in more complex ways now than ever before. This is why augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences can be so powerful, particularly if they are connected to historical events like the Holocaust or Chernobyl for those who have never had to endure these realities. AR and VR can even be used to transport students to amazing locations, and help them learn valuable lessons that extend beyond emotional intelligence.

mindSpark Learning offers Google Expeditions for rent, and training around how to best implement these experiences into your learning environment. If you’re interested, click on the button below to fill out the form and we’ll be in contact with you to build out an experience, or send a kit your way.

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3D Printing

Build and Design for the Future

At mindSpark Learning, we have a Glowforge Pro and two Lulzbot Minis and we use them to create cool stuff all the time. Now you can too! Plus, 3D printing and laser printing are not only the future of manufacturing, they are the future of design, medicine and STEM education.

If you’re interested in learning more, and introducing your students to the real-world applicability of 3D printing and laser printing, click on the button below to fill out the form and we’ll be in contact.

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