WHEN: May 21, 2014 6:00-6:30 pizza and socializing,
6:30-8:30 Mia will present her workshop
ENGINEERING A STORY
WHO: LEAP staff and the Lincoln community
Babysitting will be available here at LEAP.
Please sign up by May 16, 2014
Engineering a Story*
The Engineering a Story is a great program to engage PK-8 teachers in the integrative nature of STEM. Designed specifically for educators of all subjects, this workshop offers a hands-on approach to weaving together literacy with engineering practices & thinking skills. The collection of methods presented in the program leads to an enriched literary experience coupled with a gain of engineering concepts. The program is aligned with the Common Core and the NGSS.
Tentative agenda (two-hour workshop)
Introduction to engineering
- Why teach engineering practices?
- The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and engineering practices
- What do engineers do? How to establish positive messaging about engineers?
- The engineering design process, make it your own!
Engineering a story
- Identify problems in a children’s book
- The brainstorming process
- Categorizing solutions
- Defining constraints and choosing solutions
- Sharing solutions and providing feedback to other teams
- Modifications for engineering stories in after school and informal settings
- Ideas from other teachers/parents
* This program is an adaptation of Engineering Lens, a program created by Bill Wolfson http://www.integratingengineering.org/
Mia Dubosarsky – Bio
Mia Dubosarsky is the Director of Professional Development at WPI’s STEM Education Center. In her role she develops and conducts STEM themed professional development programs for a variety of audiences: from preschool teachers learning how to integrate engineering practices with literacy, to school district principals and superintendents working to develop a strategic plan for integrating STEM into their districts. Mia also serves as an adjunct faculty at Lesley University’s Science in Education program, teaching a course titled Assessment for Learning in the Science Classroom.
Prior to her work at the WPI and Lesley, Mia was part of a team who worked to support teachers from a Native American Reservation in developing culturally based science and math activities.
In her earlier years as a science educator Mia founded and managed for seven years a science enrichment enterprise to which she developed a two-year program comprised of science stories, games and experiments. She was appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Education to design the science program for an Art & Science center for elementary school children.
Mia received a BA in Biology from Israel’s Institute of Technology (Technion) and a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction (science education) from the University of Minnesota.
This sounds excellent, and I’d love to come, but I’ll be in Madrid. Thanks for making these opportunities happen!
Thanks Gus! We will be doing this again…
Madrid sounds like a drag compared to this!
See you later,