Ticketed event: $25.00
This workshop will be interactive and informative. Learn the basics about how to do engineering-based workshops for PreK-12 age children that utilizes local community and informal education sites and builds community engagement. Participants will leave with a preliminary plan for how to run their own workshop based on their local resources.
The purpose of this workshop is to engage participants in conversations and practice sessions on operationalizing and implementing local and regional K-12 STEM outreach days or workshops (projects). Establishing a STEM event requires many considerations including fulfilling a community need, collaboration, planning, and a budget. Initiating such a project may seem daunting to some people. However, with assistance from this workshop, we aim to introduce participants to sufficient information (including real examples) to reduce barriers, increase their self-efficacy, and empower them if they ever decide to initiate a K-12 STEM outreach project. This workshop will outline considerations for initiating and managing a successful project, provide examples from real projects, show how to leverage community assets in their workshop, and have participants work through project management steps on a project they may want to initiate.
Dr. Cheryl Carrico, Research Scientist in Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 276-525-2515, email@example.com. Dr. Carrico conducts engineering education research focused on STEM career pathways (K-16 through early career), engineering student learning processes and motivation. Dr. Carrico has outreach experience establishing K-12 workshops in rural areas with the purpose of exposing students to contextually relevant people and careers in STEM fields. In addition, Dr. Carrico has extensive leadership and evaluation experience.
Dr. Margaret Pinnell, Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Development, University of Dayton, 937-694-7411, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Pinnell been actively involved in K-12 STEM outreach and education since 2008. She has had three NSF grants related to engineering education including one grant focused on helping teachers bring community engaged learning into their science and math courses and two NSF Research Experience for Teachers grants.