Free ticketed event
Many elementary educators include engineering challenges into their curriculum, but it is unknown how effective these one-off activities are at increasing student understanding of and engagement in engineering processes and practices. We have been researching “critical components” that support elementary school students and their teachers as they enhance their knowledge and abilities in engineering and science and build their interest in STEM fields. During this workshop, participants will share typical engineering challenges used in K-12 settings, explore “critical components” of effective engineering curricula, experience an engineering lesson that incorporates the critical components of a quality engineering curriculum, and collaboratively brainstorm ways to modify typical engineering challenges so that they embody the same components that foster student engagement and learning of engineering. Participants will increase their awareness and knowledge of effective elementary engineering curricula, collaborate with colleagues to improve activities to support student learning of engineering, and take away resources outlining the critical components of effective engineering curricula, as well as example lessons that incorporate those components.
Shannon McManus heads up the Professional Development team at Engineering is Elementary and manages the effort to recruit and support EiE collaborators and members of the EiE Extended Network of PD Providers that provide EiE. She brings to EiE seven years of experience teaching high school physics and integrated science and additional experience as an outreach coordinator for nonprofits including the Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions Program and the Massachusetts-based Buzzards Bay Coalition. She holds a B.A. in physics education from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in environmental science and management from the University of Rhode Island.
Jonathan Hertel manages the Exploring the Efficacy of Engineering is Elementary (E4) project (an NSF-funded study of the efficacy of the EiE curriculum), overseeing and organizing a research effort that involves 240 teachers in the different states. He also provides evaluation support for the Engineering Adventures project. His previous experience includes developing curricula for (and teaching at) informal summer science camps and work in children’s television. At Hope College, where he earned a B.A. in biology and English with a focus on education. He holds an Ed.M. in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.