Engineering by Design!
The ninth seminar in the NSDL series, "Teach Engineering"
was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The
presenters were Dr. Martha Cyr Director of K-12 Outreach
and Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Worcester Polytecnic Institute
and Dr. Mike Mooney, Associate Professor of Engineering
at the Colorado School of Mines.
The program examined the engineering design process and showcased selected resources
from the Teach Engineering website of the NSDL Engineering Pathway.
Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators
represented the states of Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois,
Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee,
In this seminar, participants became acquainted with the steps of design that engineers
undertake and examined activities and curricular units from the Teach Engineering
website that are based on this principle of design for students. All participants
received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide on Force and Motion, grades 5-8.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "I especially liked the engineering process slide and the deep introduction
to teachengineering.org. Without such an introduction, I won't use such sites."
- "It provided a valuable resource in the website that I can use with my teachers
and students as well as reinforcing the inquiry method and the importance of design."
- "Gave me new ideas and a great new resource to use! I have an engineering club,
and also do engineering during our school summer camp program. Aside from those,
I use a lot of engineering projects in my science classes for grades 4-8th!"
- "I do some engineering projects already with my students, but did not realize
how much more is possible. I especially appreciate the web resource, and the way
the presenters clearly defined how to make engineering a REAL life application."
Thanks to the participants and the presenters for an engaging opportunity for learning
and a job well done!
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