Tuesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Selecting and Designing Innovative K-12 Engineering Resources to Transcend Stereotypes

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As our need for engineers increases, so does our need to foster STEM identity and engage a broad range of young people in engineering. Unfortunately, many engineering curricula subtly or explicitly pander to stereotypes about engineering (construction, hard hats) or about gender (trucks and bridges or pink and princesses). With expertise in the design of imaginative, story-based K-12 engineering curriculum that appeals to girls and boys, facilitators will instead present the research-based importance of using nuanced, interdisciplinary resources. Then, presenters and participants will work together to create a draft rubric for distinguishing innovative resources--those that transcend stereotypes and portray engineering as a collaborative field that helps society--from more traditional ones. Participants will use the rubric in teams to evaluate a variety of published resources used in K-12 classrooms and report out on their results. Participants and presenters will discuss the most important characteristics of meaningful curricula and recommend changes to the rubric criteria. Finally, presenters will share curricula and resources they’ve found most valuable.  Participants will leave empowered to inspire future engineers using excellent resources or prepared to design their own! After the conference, facilitators will create and format a final rubric and send it out to participants.  


Isabel Huff

Outreach Coordinator, Through My Window

Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh

Professor, Springfield Technical Community College; Principal Investigator, Through My Window

Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
Grand Ballroom South