Cary Sneider
Cary Sneider
http://www.pdx.edu/
Associate Research Professor, Portland State University
Portland, OR
Joined LinkEngineering on 10/22/2014
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Cary Sneider is an Associate Research Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches research methodology in a Master of Science Teaching (MST) degree program. Dr. Sneider served as Technology and Engineering Lead for A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC 2012), and as lead for engineering on the writing team for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013). He is currently a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP (also known as "The Nation's Report Card") in all subject areas. From 1997 to 2007 Dr. Sneider was Vice President for Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, where he led development of a high school engineering curriculum, which is now published by It’s About Time. Dr. Sneider’s research interests have focused on helping students unravel their misconceptions in science and on new ways to link science centers and schools to promote student inquiry. He has taught science at the middle and high schools in Maine, California, Costa Rica, and Micronesia. Dr. Sneider earned a B.A. degree in Astronomy cum laude from Harvard College and a California Secondary Teaching Credential, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. 
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    Posted Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Comment by Cary Sneider
    Hi, Laura, Thanks so much for your fabulous blog. I had never thought of the problems involved in labeling ourselves as "geeks" or "nerds," at least not in any conscious way, before reading your blog. Your comment that we have no trouble celebrating athletic qualities or physical beauty reminds me how much time and effort we spend in high schools on football rallies ...
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    Posted Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6:31 PM
    Comment by Cary Sneider
    Hi, TC. Thanks so much for your very inspiring message! It is clear the engineering is not for the faint-hearted; but it IS for people who care about the well-being of others, and who are willing to learn and trust in their own capabilities. I would like all of my students to read your story.
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    Posted Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM
    Comment by Cary Sneider
    I've found that using an emergency scenario as the context for a design challenge makes a big difference for some students. One of the important attitudes that we'd like students to acquire is that STEM is useful, not just for society in general, but for them in particular. I've had students say "Hey, this is really great. I know how to purify water using just what I can find ...
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