Free ticketed event
Many universities, businesses, and professional organizations have joined the effort of bringing engineering to P-12 students, hoping to encourage more students to enter the field. Our NSF-funded project has been studying how engineering disciplinary experts can make the greatest impact in working with students, particularly young females. This workshop will engage participants in discussing role models and role model theory, analysis of classroom video, and exploration of new resources we have developed to maximize the impact of outreach programs that connect engineering students and professionals with K-12 students.
is an associate professor of science education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Adam researches how individuals develop and maintain interest in STEM as well as identifying the gains students make from participating in maker programming. He directs the Make Innovate Learn Lab at IU’s School of Education. Recently he helped to start the Indiana Maker Educator Network and developed a Making for Learning class for university students.
Merredith Portsmore is the director of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, as well as a research assistant professor. She has the unique honor of being a “Quadruple Jumbo,” having received all her four of her degrees from Tufts University (B.A. in English, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.A. in Education, and Ph.D. in Engineering Education). Merredith's research interests focus on how children engage in constructing solutions to engineering design problems. Her outreach work focuses on creating resources for K-12 educators to support engineering education in the classroom. She is the founder of STOMP, LEGO Engineering.com, and the online Teacher Engineering Education Program.