Ticketed event: $35.00 advanced registration and $45.00 on site registration
Children begin to postulate their future careers at about four to five years old. However, there is a dearth of children’s literature that features engineers and other STEM professionals, and significantly less STEM-minded literature with women/girls and people of color in non-stereotype conforming roles. With the increasing industry demand, it is critical that we create new ways of reaching children, sparking interest, and challenging stereotypes.
Your engineering students have stories, and their stories matter. Diverse stories matter, and providing space for students to express creativity, practice inclusivity, and apply their learning in an integrative curricular activity can boost engagement and participation. The literature has shown evidence that engineering identity is an important factor in student success; thus, a scaffolded project that assists them in writing engineering-focused children’s books can help. In addition, this type of project, with publication and scaling in mind, cultivates entrepreneurial thinking.
This workshop will provide participants with (1) a fool-proof step-by-step process for guiding engineering students through the children’s book writing process, (2) explain how Kindle Direct Publishing (a free self-publishing service owned by Amazon.com) can be used to sustain the project and build revenue to support other initiatives, (3) provide an overview of how to convert the active learning project into engineering education research for publication and dissemination, and (4) make a case for how and why this approach can and should be integrated into freshman level Introduction to Engineering course(s) to broaden participation, and increase equity and inclusion.
Dr. Lisa Bosman, PhD in Industrial Engineering and Assistant Professor at Purdue University, has advised several freshman-level engineering student teams on the development of 13 culturally- and socially-relevant engineering and renewable energy focused children’s books. In addition, she is the author of “Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Engineers,” a highly demanded book which provides engineering educators with a base understanding of why the entrepreneurial mindset is important to engineering students and how it can be taught. Prior to her current position, Lisa was on faculty at the College of Menominee Nation, a federally-recognized tribal college located in northern Wisconsin. Her engineering and technology education research focuses on writing across the curriculum, the entrepreneurial mindset, energy education, authentic learning, workforce readiness, interdisciplinary education, and faculty professional development.
Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail. An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action. Her books "Quotes and Questions for Reflection and Dialogue," and "Together We Can Make the World Better" (Children's Book with Discussion Guide), are socially-conscious books that encourage conversation, compassion, and action. Meagan’s company, 7E Ventures, provides teaching, consulting and development services related to engineering, education, and equity to industry, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions across the globe. A past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. Meagan began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. She now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that when adjusted, improve student and employee success in STEM. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on engineering equity into education and the workforce.