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Engineering Design as a Core Idea
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This web seminar took place on July 15, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.


Ted Willard, NSTA’s NGSS Director, kicked off the web seminar with an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including which organizations are involved in developing them (including NSTA), what that development entails, and what Core Ideas are included in the Standards. The seminar then focused on the Core Idea of Engineering, led by Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor at Portland State University. Cary explained the overall NGSS engineering components for K-2, MS and HS, and went through a number of practical examples of how teachers could develop modules and investigations for their students to learn them. Cary also spoke about the ways in which teachers could include cross-cutting engineering concepts to a number of classroom subjects. The seminar concluded with an overview of NSTA resources about NGSS available to teachers by Ted, and a Q & A session with Cary.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Finding ways to incorporate NGSS into my curriculum is very valuable to me"
  • "It was excellent, lots of useful information on the intent of the new performance expectations"

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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