My workshop co-facilitator was Ed Maggart who is the new Head of School at The College School in St. Louis. Ed is a long time friend and has been teaching Science and Mountaineering for 30+ years.
1. Engineering Design Challenge -- Participants in this workshop learned about the T and the E of STEM education through an "engineering design challenge" I created called "Time Aloft". Click on the link below to download a description of the challenge.
5. Curriculum -- During this workshop I mentioned the STEM curriculum known as Engineering By Design which was developed by the ITEEA (see below). I strongly believe this curriculum is perfect for those working in independent schools.
4. Video Message from ITEEA President & CEO -- Towards the end of the workshop participants viewed a video message from Steve Barbato who is the President & CEO of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association located in Washington, DC. I met with Steve prior to this workshop and shared details about the conference and details about this particular workshop. Steve developed a custome message for workshop attendees. The video is embeded below. Click on the link directly below to download a PDF copy of Steve's message.
Starting August 30, 2013 I'll be teaching a nine week "elective" class (Fridays from 12-2) called "Introduction to Engineering" at Francine Delany Charter School in Asheville, NC. I'll be working with 12 students in grades 6-8. The curriculum is based on the work of Dr. Kyle Peck and his team at Penn State - - it's called DIY-STEM.
Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the AmericanApollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.
Read the entire Wikipedia entry about Apollo 13 HERE.
The film clip below is from the 1995 movie entitled Apollo 13 directed by Ron Howard. This is the clip showing the team of engineers on the ground solving a problem for the astronauts.
Today, makers seeking to learn a new skill or how to make a specific project have few options for training. Many Makerspaces offer courses, but these are frequently safety and basic use courses for specific machines and are often limited to an introductory level. YouTube videos and Massive Open Online Courses are great until you have a question for the teacher.
Today, we offer you a new way of learning: Maker Training Camps. Training Camps are collaborative online courses designed to help you learn a new skill or build a specific project. Camps use hangouts and communities to make it easy to work with other students and teachers. Have a question? Post it in the online community or attend the next weekly office hours session on a Google Hangout. Camps are generally between one and five weeks in length with a lecture, office hours and a project each week.
Our teachers are makers themselves. Some of our teachers have written Make books, some are professors, and some run businesses using what they teach. We select teachers based on whether they know their subjects, not whether they have three PhD’s.
Every lesson in a training camp is accompanied by a project to help learn. Every camp ends with a final project you can share with your entire class. You get to decide what your project is and how hard it might be.