Video Conversation Series

We are excited to launch our free Video Conversation series for easy, inspiring professional development. These webchats with leaders in PK-12 Engineering Education will be live, scheduled, events from 4-5:00pm (EST) 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.

Registration is now open for upcoming conversations.

May 1: Playful Learning - Making Engineering Fun w/AnnMarie Thomas, PhD  4:00-5:00 PM (ET)

AnnMarieLearn 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.

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.  Get a preview of AnnMarie on our YouTube Playlist.

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May 15: Say Yes to Engineering Education: Overcoming Six Common Fears
w/Christine Cunningham, PhD  4:00-5:00 PM (ET)

Christine CunninghamDo 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.

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.

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Past Conversations

April 17, 2018: Engineering Basics for PK-12 Educators w/Cary Sneider, PhD

Cary SneiderNot 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.   Get a preview of Cary on our YouTube Playlist.