2019 Summer Workshops for Teachers
Fostering Engineering Practices through Novel Engineering and Mindfulness
Date: August 13, 2019
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Tufts University, Medford/Somerville Campus
During this interactive workshop, teachers will gain a better understanding of how to foster an environment that promotes a positive engineering experience for students. Participants will learn best practice strategies and mindfulness techniques that encourage thoughtful creativity and focus on positive peer collaboration during Novel Engineering challenges.
Novel Engineering allows students to engage in meaningful, integrated engineering and literacy tasks while meeting standards for both disciplines. Novel Engineering is an approach, not a set curriculum, so teachers can implement it in a way that makes the most sense for their individual settings. Although Novel Engineering is a simple concept, implementation is complex because teachers need to consider a multitude of logistical, pedagogical, and discipline-related issues. Teachers play a pivotal role in Novel Engineering units by providing a supportive, responsive environment where K-8 students can build on their ideas as they work on complex problems. By implementing Novel Engineering in the classroom, K-8 students are given the space to explore their ideas through the design projects they work on in the classroom.
This workshop will be a mix of hands-on learning experiences, and discussions about pedagogy and implementation. Participants will leave with practical ideas about how to implement Novel Engineering with their own students and how to support students to collaborate with each other and be creative as they follow the engineering design process.
Lisa Meyers is a veteran educator from Upstate New York, with her elementary experience predominantly centered on grades 4-6. As a result of her passion for STEM learning, Lisa completed the K-12 Teacher Engineering Education Certificate Program through Tufts University. During her coursework with Tufts, she was introduced to Novel Engineering. This integrative approach to teaching engineering inspired her to partake in a year-long pilot program within her own school district. Understanding that the Engineering Design Process is a component of the new Next Generation Science Standards, Lisa was tasked with providing training opportunities for all K-6 teachers in her school district. She has done Novel Engineering in her classroom for the past four years and is also a certified Novel Engineering Facilitator.
Register Here: http://tiny.cc/MindfulNE
2019 LEGO Engineering Institute for Teachers
Date: July 8-12th, 9AM-4PM
Location: Tufts University Somerville/Medford Campus
This workshop is appropriate for teachers with a range of experience with EV3 robotics. Participants will begin with the basics of LEGO programming, building, and data logging, including the use of motors, sensors, and gears. Classroom management will also be discussed—running multi-day open-ended projects, appealing to both girls and boys, grouping students effectively, organizing and storing materials. Sample project: attach a gyro sensor and markers to a simple car and program it to draw spirograph designs.
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Supporting Elementary School Students to Engineer
Date: July 23–26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: CEEO, Tufts, 200 Boston Avenue, Medford MA
**This is a pilot program funded by a grant so we are able to offer it at a discounted rate with scholarships for local teachers.
This summer, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is piloting a new format for professional development (PD) workshops that includes face-to-face time with a group of elementary-aged girls attending a week-long workshop at Tufts CEEO called Girls Week. Supporting Elementary School Students to Engineer is a four-day workshop that focuses on engineering education and student thinking. In this hands-on workshop, teachers will practice doing engineering with other participants of the PD as well as work with students in the concurrently running CEEO Girls Week workshop.
Teachers will observe a variety of engineering projects, learn about the fundamental aspects of what makes a good engineering project, and will collaborate with their peers and instructors on creating their own projects that they can implement in their classrooms. At the conclusion of the workshop, teachers will leave equipped with a handful of projects (demonstrated by CEEO education specialist Laura Fradin during the Girls Week workshop) that they can implement themselves, as well as their own self-created project. Teachers will also be equipped with the knowledge and ability to keep creating their own projects tailored for their specific school/classroom/student needs.
Participants will move between discussions about pedagogy and the practical aspects of engineering in the classroom to working directly with students who are participants in the Girls Week engineering-based workshop. This workshop will only be accepting for four to six participants and is based on a first come, first served basis.
Alison Earnhart will be the lead facilitator for the workshop. She is an instructor of physics at Juniata College. She has been teaching engineering, physics, and astronomy for over ten years. A National Board Certified teacher and two time Teacher of the Year, Alison studied physics education at Juniata College and engineering education at the University of Texas at Austin. Alison loves creating interactive lessons and classroom projects, and working with other teachers to develop their own engaging engineering and science curricula.
Elissa Milto will be the work with both the teachers and students attending the workshops and act as a liaison between the two She is Director of Outreach at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. She works to provide schools, teachers, organizations, and students with engineering design opportunities. Elissa has been working in the engineering education field for twenty years and is particularly interested using open-ended, client-centered problems to bring engineering to elementary and middle school students, exploring ways that students with different learning styles and interests can become excited by and access engineering. Supporting teachers as they bring engineering with messy, ill-defined problems into their classrooms is another interest.
Laura Fradin will lead the student workshop. She is an educational specialist at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. Laura began working with the CEEO as part of the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) when she was an undergraduate students and went on to get a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard. She currently spends her CEEO time running STOMP and coordinating and leading CEEO workshops, working with both students and teachers.
Register Here: Supporting Elementary Teachers to Engineer