Here is my day in a nutshell:
- MakerEd: This presentation was a panel of 3 who discussed their experience with the process of MakerEd. Great session. Lots of good reflection of a process that works.
- Science vs Engineering: This was a session I hosted. I essentially walked teachers through the difference between science and engineering, the V model of systems engineering as well as how to use it in their class. Super pumped that so many awesome educators wanted to come to this session and learn, through my struggles and failures, about this process. Gotta give a MAD shoutout to my husband, who helped me take this engineering process and bring it into the classroom.
- Experimental Design for Students: This was the final session I hosted. I shared with teachers a method for how students can design their own experiments. Again, I was so flattered that so many not only came to my session, but engaged, stayed, asked questions and chatted with their colleagues about this process. I feel so honored to be in a field where so many dedicated and caring teachers, administrators and trainers come together to share and learn.
- Engineering Your World: This session, led by Cheryl Farmer, shared an awesome engineering curriculum that seems rather turn key that can be used at the high school level. AWESOME! They provide teacher training and continual support. The course is very project based and touches on most fields of engineering to give students the opportunity to taste the engineering process and engineering field. They offer dual enrollment elective credit. J This is something I would love to see at the school I teach at. Great Program...link is HERE.
- Build a Mini Van De Graaff Generator: OMG! Joseph Sencen is not only an amazing presenter, but he showed up how to make a this awesome generator, had enough supplies for everyone to make their own and even offered to ship components to people if they needed some!!!!! I can tell that he is an incredible science teacher. His students are soooooo very lucky to have him for chemistry. I just wish I could take his chemistry class. I might have enjoyed chemistry. J NSTA, please bring more presenters like Joseph! He wasn’t trying to sell me anything!!!!! He was just sharing great resources. THANKS Joseph. Your workshop was the highlight of my day. Oh, and did I tell you that he helped me better understand how a Van De Graaff works? Glass on top of belt makes it POSITIVE!!!!