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Engineering by Design™

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The Texas Tech University T-STEM Center is pleased to announce that it will include two sections of Engineering by Design™ among its professional development offerings this summer. Each section provides teachers and administrators with the training and curricular resources to join schools across the country engaging their students in Project-based Learning through problem solving and application of STEM knowledge and skills.

7th Grade Invention and Innovation | July 24-25, 2014

7th Grade Section covers curricular content and activities for an 18-week course

Invention and Innovation prepares students with opportunities to apply the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process, or system. Students learn all about invention and innovation. They have opportunities to study the history of inventions and innovations, including their impacts on society. They learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation. Students apply their creativity in the invention and innovation of new products, processes, or systems. Finally, students learn about how various inventions and innovations impact their lives. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, communicating design information, and reporting results.


9th Grade Foundations of Technology | July 31-Aug 1, 2014

9th Grade Section covers curricular content and activities for a 36-week course

Foundations of Technology focuses on the three dimensions of technological literacy-knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities-with the goal of students developing the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. It employs teaching/learning strategies that enable students to explore and deepen their understanding of "big ideas" regarding technology and makes use of a variety of assessment instruments to reveal the extent of understanding. Students develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history by exploring how people of all times and places have increased their capability by using their unique skills to innovate, improvise, and invent. They gain an understanding of technological innovation and the fact that it often results when ideas, knowledge, or skills are shared within a technology, among technologies, or across other fields of study.

Students develop an understanding of engineering design, the formal process that transforms ideas into products or systems of the designed world. They select and use manufacturing technologies and understand that modern manufacturing technologies produce quality goods at low prices, enhancing the quality of life for many people. Students select and use construction technologies and recognize that cultural norms, environmental conditions, and the requirements of enterprises and institutions impact the design of structures. Opportunities are provided that enable students to select and use energy and power technologies and to explore the processing and controlling of the energy resources that have been important in the development of contemporary technology. Opportunities are provided that enable students to gain insights into the use of telemedicine and other medical technologies. They become familiar with information and communication technologies and their role in the use of other technologies. The course concludes with the synthesizing of major ideas through an understanding of the impacts the use of technology has on society and the environment.


What You Take Home

  • Curricular and support materials for the full course you are trained to deliver
    - 7th Grade Section covers curricular content and activities for an 18-week course
    - 9th Grade Section covers curricular content and activities for a 36-week course
  • Strategies for using Engineering by Design to enhance classroom learning
  • Texas College and Career Readiness Standards Booklet
  • 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University ($30 if requested)
  • 12 hours Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit
  • 6 hours of content qualify as Gifted and Talented

About the Instructor

John Chandler

John Chandler co-directs the Texas Tech T-STEM Center and the TTU Center for Engineering Outreach. Dr. Chandler is actively engaged in community and K-12 education outreach––developing pre-college engineering programs, curriculum, and professional development for teachers, learning enrichment activities, and other STEM education resources.

He also serves on a number of committees and advisory boards of organizations and agencies that are addressing issues related to STEM education including the Texas State Board of Education committee that developed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the new Engineering Design and Problem Solving course. He has also been a long-standing member of the State Board of Directors for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME).


Registration Closed

  • Fee: No charge for this workshop,
    but registration is required to attend
  • Workshop is limited to 25 participants
  • Meals and lodging on your own
    Hotels with Texas Tech Rates
  • July 24-25, 2014
    7th Grade Invention and Innovation
  • July 31-August 1, 2014
    9th Grade Foundations of Technology
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Daily Instruction
  • Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: Civil Engineering
    Room 09, Texas Tech