Laurie Wallmark, an award-winning author, has been teaching for many years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of both STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and writing with children and adults. She offers several hands-on, interactive workshops that can be tailored to any age or size group.
"I am certain that many young minds now feel empowered to becomes writers or scientists."--Lara, elementary school librarian
"I liked your comparison between super heroes and the actual story."--seventh grade student
Just like superheroes, all books have an origin story. How do authors come up with ideas for their stories? What makes them choose one topic over another? How do they decide the type of book to write--fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, picture book or novel? Using her own writing journey as an example, Laurie will guide your students in finding a story to tell.
This highly-interactive workshop will leave your students eager to write about their own story ideas.
FUN WITH MATH AND TECH
Children can't wait to participate in Laurie's interactive math- and technology-related activities. Here are a just a few of the many hands-on activities your students may have the chance to experience in this exciting workshop:
- Moving like robots (programming)
- Guessing a number (binary arithmetic)
- Sorting themselves into numerical order (algorithms)
- Finding room where there is none (infinity)
- Making one-sided paper loops (topology)
After taking part in this lively workshop, your students (and you!) will be eager to learn more about math and technology.
BEGINNER'S CODING WORKSHOP
In our increasingly technological world, it's important that all children have the opportunity to learn computer science. This workshop introduces students to the logical thinking and basic programming concepts needed to understand computers. Using Blockly, an easy-to-learn graphical system, students will soon be running simple computer programs that they've written themselves.
As students progress through these fun programming challenges, they'll gain confidence in their ability to work with computers.
FREE VIRTUAL VISITS
Here's a chance for your students to meet an author at no cost to the school. Laurie can visit with your class via Skype for a FREE
15-minute visit. She'll answer students questions about writing, her books, or herself.
Laurie would be delighted to autograph books for your students. Books can be ordered before her visit through your local bookstore or Publishers Group West
. Laurie will also give each child an autographed bookmark.
Laurie has taught adult education courses for many years. All of the above workshops are appropriate for adult groups who want to learn more about STEM and/or writing. Laurie would be happy to adapt any of them for your adult group.
Laurie enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise, both as an author and a computer science professor. From corporate seminars to teacher award luncheons, Laurie's talks are always inspirational and lively. She has spoken on topics such as:
- Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
- Encouraging children to enter STEM
- The writer's journey