We are excited to offer a free Video Conversation series for easy, inspiring, professional development. These webchats with leaders in PK-12 Engineering Education will be live, scheduled, events from with lots of time for Q & A. A copy will be available for viewing on LinkEngineering and YouTube. And, of course, you can join the conversation before and after at LinkEngineering.org. If you are able to attend live and would like a participation certificate, email us.
Does your school have a Fab Lab? Not sure exactly what to do with it? Wish your school had one? Learn how Fab Labs can be used to support multi-disciplinary learning. Join us to discuss using simple problems to teach age-appropriate STEAM concepts, how the design process works, how design-based experiences engage students and how to align your activities with national standards. Ken Welty will by joined by high school educator, Laurence Charlier.
Ken Welty, PhD is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he teaches instructional methods courses for technology and science education at the undergraduate level and research methods and program evaluation at the graduate level. His work includes evaluating the treatment of engineering in STEM curricula for the National Academy of Engineering and investigating students’ conceptions of technology and engineering. He is an instructor in the WiFab Retreat, a summer prodessional development fab lab "boot camp" for k-12 educators and is a consultant to schools wanting to make the best use of their fab labs.
Laurence Charlier is a the Fab Lab Director and Technology and Engineering Teacher at Northwestern High School in Wisconsin. Laurence has been involved in UW-Stout fab lab since its inception. He performs assessments of Fab Labs throughout WI for UW-Stout to discern what makes a quality fab lab. In his current position, he is leading the charge to develop a STEM/fab lab curriculum for K-12 teachers and students in Maple, WI. He teaches with Ken at the WiFab Retreat.
Ready to start engineering with your students? Did you know there is a digital library of STEM curriculum with over 1,600 free STEM activities and standards aligned lesson plans searchable by age, subject and time commitment? Join some of the team from TeachEngineering to learn about their extensive, free, online collection of STEM lessons for Pk-12 students. Topics covered will include how to get started, how to choose a lesson plan, the importance of standards alignment, and what makes a “meaningful engineering experience.”
TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection comprised of standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units, maker challenges, and sprinkles for use in informal education settings. All TeachEngineering materials have been developed by university engineering departments in partnership with classroom teachers. The library is funded through the National Science Foundation and administered by The University of Colorado Boulder with web development by the Oregon State University. Once you have tried TeachEngineering curriculum, you can share your experience on LinkEngineering.
Mike Soltys is an Instructor for the Engineering Plus degree program. Mike has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and a PhD in Civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where Mike’s research focused on fluid dynamics. Mike is passionate about engineering education, and teaches engineering design in First-Year Engineering Projects.
Do you like the idea of including engineering education in the classroom but are overwhelmed by perceived obstacles? Christine Cunningham has worked with hundreds of elementary and middle school educators to develop strategies to overcome those hurdles. Join us to learn how to find the time, prepare materials, and manage student expectations while getting tips on how to handle a diverse array of ideas, grade effectively and make sure that no one gets left behind. Joining her is Nancy Yocom de Romero, a middle school educator, who was one of the first teacher colloaborators with Engineering is Elementary.
Dr. Christine Cunningham is an educational researcher who works to make engineering and science more relevant, accessible, and understandable, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. A vice president at the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003, she is the Founding Director of Engineering is Elementary™, a groundbreaking project that integrates engineering concepts into preschool, elementary, and middle school curriculum and teacher professional development.
Christine is the author of the 2018 book Engineering in Elementary STEM Education: Curriculum Design, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment, published by Teachers College Press and the Museum of Science Boston. She was the recipient of the McGraw Hill Education Award in 2017.
Nancy Yocom de Romero has been an elementary school teacher in Framingham, Massachusetts for 18 years. She was a classroom teacher in a two-way bilingual program for 15 years and currently teaches in the Sage program, in which she works with students and teachers to promote abstract, higher-order thinking and creative problem solving in Barbieri and Brophy Schools, both of which are bilingual English/Spanish schools. Prior to that, Nancy taught in El Salvador, Central America.
Learn how to bring joy to your STEM classes and get your students excited to explore engineering. The founder of the Playful Learning Lab and Co-Creator of OK Go Sandbox will share her approach to making STEM fun. She will be joined by 5th grade teacher, Alison Haugh, a Playful Learning Lab alumni.
AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. She is the founder and director of the Playful Learning Lab, which explores ways to encourage children of all ages, to embrace playful learning. AnnMarie co-founded and co-directs the University of St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education (CEE), which offers engineering courses for P-12 educators and conducts research on engineering at the pre-collegiate level.
AnnMarie served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, where her team established the national Maker Corps program and laid the groundwork for this nonprofit. She and her students created Squishy Circuits. She is the author of "Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation."
AnnMarie is also part of the creative and academic team that developed the just-launched collaboration with the band OK Go, OKGo Sandbox, which provides educators and students with STEM lessons explaining the band's popular videos. See more of AnnMarie on our YouTube Playlist.
Alison Haugh is a fourth grade teacher at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Minnesota, where she regularly integrates inquiry and hands-on learning with STEM in her classroom. Alison graduated from the University of St.Thomas with degrees in Elementary Education, STEM Education, and a focus in Engineering Education. Her undergraduate research with the Playful Learning Lab focused on expanding quality engineering education with an eye to under-served populations, including students with disabilities, emphasizing learning through play.
Not entirely clear on what engineering is and how to teach it to PK-12 students? Here is your chance to learn the basic engineering principles that can be implemented at every grade level, from one of the foremost educators of engineering.
Our first conversation is with Cary Sneider who just received the Robert H. Carleton Award for National Leadership in the Field of Science Education, NSTA's highest and most prestigious award.
Cary is currently Associate Research Professor at Portland State University in Portland, OR, where he teaches courses in research methodology for teachers in a Master of Science Teaching (MST) degree program. Cary is the Chair of the LinkEngineering Committee and also serves as a Consultant on STEM Education for the Noyce Foundation, the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and on several advisory boards. He is also a Writing Team Leader for the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards.)
Cary is the editor of a 2015 three-volume set, The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula (PK-5, 6-8, 9-12). He has a deep knowledge of engineering and how it can and should be implemented in PK-12 education, plus he has worked extensively in training educators to meet this challenge. See other talks by Cary on our YouTube Playlist.
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