Next Generation Science Standards
Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K-6 Engineering Education
Dr. Christine Cunningham Dr. Christine Cunningham
  • Instructor: Dr. Christine Cunningham, Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston; Project Director, Engineering Is Elementary
  • Instructor: Martha Davis, Program Manager, Engineering is Elementary
  • Course duration: September 16 - October 4, 2013

Course Overview

This short course provided practical insights into teaching engineering in the elementary classroom. Through synchronous web seminars and asynchronous discussions, K–6 educators began to build a foundation for implementing the NGSS engineering practices. Course instructors Christine Cunningham and Martha Davis of Engineering is Elementary guided participants as they:

  • 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–6 teachers interested in building their capacity for engaging students with engineering practices.

The course ran from September 16 through October 4, 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 asynchronous and synchronous components.

Live Web Seminar Dates:

  • September 18, 6:30–8:00 p.m. eastern standard time
  • September 25, 6:30–8:00 p.m. eastern standard time
  • October 2, 6:30–8:00 p.m. eastern standard time

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