Engineering Integration Workshops

Learn and engage in STEM activities/lessons that facilitate the integration of engineering and technology in elementary, middle, and high school science. Participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to foster students’ 21st century skills, such as creativity, innovation, problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas and challenges with integrating engineering. They will also learn about a variety of online resources that house K-12 lesson plans, activities, and projects for STEM education.

 

Grades
One-Day Workshop Description
P-2

Using Children's Literature to Introduce the Engineering Design Process

Teachers will learn how to enrich their primary students' understanding of science concepts through the integration of quality literature coupled with related engineering activities. During this session participants will design, create and test solutions to practical problems presented in children's stories.

K-5

Engineering Integration for Elementary Grades

Participants will engage in sample hands-on activities in physical science, life science and earth science that elucidate the engineering design process and discuss how this process can be implemented and incorporated in classroom activities. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will be discussed. In small breakout groups, teachers will share ideas and challenges associated with integrating engineering into science instruction. They will also learn about grade-appropriate resources for engineering integration in a variety of subject areas.

K-5 

Science and Engineering in the K-5 Classroom

Bring science and engineering to life for your students! With the aid of storybooks that are found in the language arts curriculum, teacher groups will learn how to use these stories to make connections to topics in science and engineering. Hands-on examples will be presented to illustrate how it can look in your classroom. Recommended for grades K-5

 K-5 Engineering in the FOSS/Delta Education Science Classroom

Come explore how you can integrate engineering into your FOSS curriculum to meet the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards. Many schools utilize FOSS/Delta Education kits to support the science curriculum. This workshop focuses on the changes necessary for FOSS instruction to be 3-Dimensional and aligned with the goals of the NGSS. The integration of engineering will be highlighted as one of the major changes. Recommended for grades K-5.
6-8

Engineering Integration for Middle School Grades

Participants will engage in sample hands-on activities in physical science, life science and earth science that elucidate the engineering design process and discuss how this process can be implemented and incorporated in classroom activities. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will be discussed. In small breakout groups, teachers will share ideas and challenges associated with integrating engineering into science instruction. They will also learn about grade-appropriate resources for engineering integration in a variety of subject areas.

9-12

Engineering Integration for High School Life Science

Participants will engage in sample hands-on activities in life science that deepen understanding of the engineering design process and illustrate how this process can be implemented and incorporated in the classroom. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards and three dimensional learning will be highlighted. In small groups, teachers will examine strategies associated with integrating engineering into science instruction. They will also learn about grade-appropriate resources for engineering integration in a range of life science topics.

9-12

Engineering Integration for High School Physical Science

Participants will engage in sample hands-on activities in physical science that deepen understanding of the engineering design process and illustrate how this process can be implemented and incorporated in the classroom. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards and three dimensional learning will be highlighted. In small groups, teachers will examine strategies associated with integrating engineering into science instruction. They will also learn about grade-appropriate resources for engineering integration in a range of physical science topics.

9-12

Engineering Integration for High School Earth Science

Participants will engage in sample hands-on activities in earth science that deepen understanding of the engineering design process and illustrate how this process can be implemented and incorporated in the classroom. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards and three dimensional learning will be highlighted. In small groups, teachers will examine strategies associated with integrating engineering into science instruction. They will also learn about grade-appropriate resources for engineering integration in a range of earth science topics.

3-5 or 6-8

STEAM: Integrating Art, Engineering and Science

Bring together art, science, and technology teachers to explore connections that blend engineering design and artistry to engage students in creative and innovative pursuits. During this hands-on workshop, teachers will work together to model classroom-ready activities such as mobiles and kinetic sculptures. Explore other steam lesson plans that include solar trees and musical instruments, among others. 
6-12

WaterBotics®

The goal of this innovative program is to catalyze student interest and achievement in engineering, science, and information technology. Appealing to a target audience of middle and high school students, WaterBotics® employs an innovative design challenge — building submersible robots from LEGO and other parts that can perform a series of increasingly complex and sophisticated underwater tasks. The aquatic environment presents unique challenges that require students to problem-solve using successively deeper levels of science understanding, the iterative design process, teamwork and communication, and programming skills. Recommended as a 3-5 day series of workshops. For more information please see www.waterbotics.org .

9-12

Engineering a Solution for Climate Change: Algae to the Rescue

Addressing a global environmental issue provides the backdrop in this program for exploring photosynthesis and the cycling of carbon dioxide in living and nonliving components of the biosphere. High school students in biology and environmental science classes engage in real and virtual science investigations and engineering design activities to connect the science concepts to a possible solution for global climate change. They design, build and test small-scale algae farms that are capable of utilizing carbon dioxide emissions. In the process, they gain expertise in communication, collaboration, iterative design, and science understanding. Recommended as a 3-5 day workshop.