Engineering with Students

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Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum? The Montshire Education department has an innovative solution.

Engineering with Students: Professional Development through a live, on-line workshop.

Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum?  The Montshire Education department is offering a series of interactive, on-line professional development seminars to address what engineering looks like for different ages and a hands-on exploration of an engineering project appropriate for inclusion in an NGSS unit.  Each topic is designed to fit within a specific grade unit but we encourage teachers to consider multiple topics if looking for ways to expand their engineering repertoire in general.

Materials will be mailed to all participants who register 2 weeks before the workshop date.  Registrations recieved less than 2 weeks in advance will receive a materials list.

Payment must be received in advance to receive the web access code and materials list to join the web-based workshop.   If paying by PO please make sure that we have received the PO number at least 2 weeks in advance.

Workshops are from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Fee $30/workshop

Balls and Ramps
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade K) 
Explore how to use balls and ramps to create engineering challenges for your students to solve as they experiment with the concepts of force and motion.
For teachers of K-2
Tuesday, March 21, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Light and Sound
Wave Properties (NGSS Grade 1)
Expand student understanding of light and sound waves as a means to move energy and information, and explore the interplay of science and technology. Amplify your light and sound unit by incorporating engineering and problem solving.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Monday, April 10, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Parachute Design
Structure and Properties of Matter (NGSS Grade 2) 
Air and gas may be hard to explain but they are great for experimenting.  Using a parachute design challenge to achieve specific goals will allow your students to use engineering to design different solutions while exploring the idea that air is something.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Tuesday, April 11, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Engineering a Balance Toy
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade 3)
Understanding balance and center of gravity is fundamental to future learning in physics and mechanics. This seminar will begin with several open-ended inquiry investigations to help us understand how balance is used in our everyday lives. We will then engineer a creative toy using gravity to create some suprising and whimsical effects. 
For teachers of grades 2-5
Wednesday, March 22, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Scribble Bots: Beyond the Scribbles
Energy (NGSS Grade 4)
Off-set motors convert electrical energy to vibrating motion. In this seminar we will think about factors that students can manipulate to change a 'bots motion, such as friction, mass, and momentum. Challenges will allow students to test and refine their design.  
For teachers of Grades 4-6
Monday, March 20, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.