Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K-8 Engineering Education
Dr. Christine Cunningham,
Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston; Project Director, Engineering Is Elementary
Program Manager, Engineering is Elementary
- Course duration: May 16 – 30, 2013
This short course provided practical insights into teaching engineering in the
elementary or middle school classroom. Through synchronous web seminars and asynchronous
discussions, K-8 educators began to build a foundation for integrating and
implementing engineering practices into their instruction. During this course participants:
- learned more about what the terms technology and engineering mean in the context of
the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS),
- discovered how to integrate engineering concepts with science instruction,
- watched videos of these concepts in action to better understand how engineering practices
manifest themselves in the classroom, and
- discussed pedagogical strategies that can support the development of robust engineering
experiences for students.
Course participants practiced a variety of strategies for the classroom and
shared their insights with a community of K-8 teachers interested in building their
capacity for engaging students with engineering practices.
The course ran from May 16 to May 30, 2013. Participants attended three
web seminars and contributed to discussion forums in the days between live sessions.
Participants spent approximately 10-15 hours on this online course,
including synchronous and asynchronous components.
Live Web Seminar Dates:
- May 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. eastern standard time
- May 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. eastern standard time
- May 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m. eastern standard time
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