Engineering your Approach to Creative Problem-Finding & Design Solutions
This interactive workshop will focus on how secondary teachers (6 - 12) can integrate authentic place-based problems into their science teaching to positively impact school or community issues (energy usage, ecological footprints, traffic flow, school waste, rainwater catchments, etc.). Participants will engage in creative brainstorming (interactive polling and group discussion) and create avenues to pursue student engineering problem-finding and engineering design solutions unique to their local area. Cross-disciplinary and vertical teaming encouraged to collaborate and draw upon diverse teaching talents. Participants will leave with a working template for how to incorporate local engineering possibilities into your science curriculum to enhance student engagement in NGSS learning and creative STEM innovation.
Cost: No cost to School Improvement Services (SIS) Consortium member or a Gifted Education Grant participating district (Baraboo, Iola-Scandinavia, Princeton, Wautoma, Wild Rose). Light breakfast and lunch provided.
Reimbursement: Substitute stipend ($120) for district and travel mileage reimbursement available for up to 20 teachers, available on a first come first serve basis. Contact Dorothy Ginnett, email@example.com, to place your name the list for potential reimbursements.
Lisa A. Riedle, Ph. D. is a professor of engineering at the University of Northern Iowa.. She has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Lisa has extensive work experience in Environmental, Civil and Mining Engineering and in collegiate classrooms and administration. She is a certified Engineering is Elementary (EiE) trainer. Lisa brings a great passion for innovative engineering education to her K-12 professional development workshops.
Dorothy Ginnett, Ph. D. is the CESA 5 Science Curriculum Specialist and Gifted Education Grant Coordinator. Dorothy is also a wildlife ecologist and a science educator at the secondary level (WI Virtual School) and post-secondary level (Univ. of WI-Stevens Point). She brings a wealth of STEM research and teaching experience, and a passion for science education, to her professional development workshops for CESA 5 educators.