Integrating Children’s Engineering Into Everyday Lessons
Children’s Engineering can enhance your daily instruction without being an add-on. We’ll help you develop the skills you need to create design briefs that integrate children’s engineering into what you already teach. Leave the two-day in-service with hands-on experiences that you can relate directly to your classroom.
Introduction to Children's Engineering
This workshop is a general introduction for adults new to design and technology exploring the meaning of technology and investigating the design loop as a problem solving process. The workshop provides experience with hands-on designing, building, and problem solving activities and demonstrates how easy it is to integrate Children's Engineering into the existing curriculum as a method for increasing the mastery of state standards.
"This workshop was very beneficial and practical. The activities were quite useful" -Teacher, Richmond City Schools
Learn how card engineering can become part of the curriculum you already have in place. Discover movement and motion using levers and linkages. Build a variety of models and see how Card Engineering can add fun to what you are already doing to implement state and national standards.
"Card Engineering is great to use across all subject areas!" -Teacher, Arlington City Schools
"This fits beautifully with Understanding by Design - assessment goals, etc. super means to integrate multiple intelligences and ways to help retain learning." -Teacher, Arlington City Schools
Structures are everywhere in our environment. From shelters to towers to milk cartons, they play an important part in everyday life. Choose a focus for your workshop: sheltering structures, containing structures, supporting structures, transporting structures, or directing structures and let us do the rest.
"I had no idea of the catagories [of structures]! Thank you!!" -Teacher, Arlington City Schools, Virginia
"She had la lot of good ideas." -Teacher, Arlington City Schools, Virginia
Making Things Work
A quick review of simple machines leads into exploring how things work. Choose a focus on levers, wheels & axles, gears, pulleys, and or cranks. Learn how to integrate these mechanisms into the curriculum you are currently teaching.
Energy is a basic part of everyday life. This workshop will provide adults the background knowledge and hands-on activities they need to help students apply this area of science. Choose a focus on electricity, hydraulics, and /or pneumatics and CEE will plan a professional development appropriate for your educational setting. Learn how to control energy, design and build systems that control energy and understand how to relate energy to your core curriculum areas.
Using Children's Engineering Activities as a Method of Differentiating Instruction
Differentiating Instruction requires teachers to challenge and engage each student at their individual academic level while helping them progress to higher levels of achievement. Children's Engineering can be the vehicle to achieve differentiated instruction without creating individual lesson plans.
"Thanks-this was such a fun way to learn. I can't wait to try t with my students."
"Thought the workshop was great!! Plan to share ideas with my children's school."
"Thank you! Good ideas from other teachers!"
"This was a great workshop. I enjoyed seeing all of the different projects I can do with the kids.
Teacher Comments, Staff Development Hosted by:
Middlesex County Public Schools & Rappahannock Tech Prep Consortium, Rappahannock Community College, Virginia