Engineering is Elementary Workshop

What:  Elementary school teachers have the opportunity to be trained in the “Just Passing Through: Designing Model Membranes” from the highly successful, research-based Engineering is Elementary program published by the Museum of Science in Boston. The curriculum unit incorporates interdisciplinary STEM concepts and standards, while exposing students to basic engineering design and linking to social studies and literacy. Also, with students being asked to design a frog’s habitat, this unit is likely to engage girls in your classroom.

Science and Engineering Standards Met: Using the current TN State Science Standards, this unit meets the Grade 5, Standard 1 on cells as well as the embedded engineering standards.  The unit also meets Grade 4, Standard 5 on Biodiversity and Change. Using the new Next Generation Science Standards, this unit meets 2-LS2-2 asking students to relate structure and function.  This unit readily meets the grade 3-5 Engineering and Technology (3-5-ETS1) standards.

Common Core State Standards Connections:   Many Common Core standards are met in this unit including ones from ELA/Literacy and Mathematics.

Who: Because this is an “advanced” EiE unit it is most readily matched to 3rd-5th grade teachers.  1st and 2nd grade teachers may also be interested, as every EiE unit can be adapted to other grade levels.  Leaders of engineering courses in gifted programs, clubs, scout troops and other activities may be interested as well.

Where: Library Board Room, Harpeth Hall School, 3801 Hobbs Rd., Nashville, TN 37215

When: Wednesday, January 25, 9:00AM - 3:30PM 

Provided by: Stacy Klein-Gardner, Ph.D., Director, Center for STEM Education for Girls; Adjoint Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University; and EiE Endorsed PD provider

Alisa Mitchell, Educator and STEM Director for Ezell-Harding Christian School; and EiE trained PD collaborator

Registration Fee:  $100 (lunch and a copy of the unit included)

Deadline:  Dec 20 (to guarantee a copy of the unit at the workshop) or Jan 18 (your unit may come later but your participation will not be hindered).