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Engineering is Elementary


This learner-driven workshop is designed to build your knowledge of engineering and your confidence in teaching it. You'll get hands-on experience with EiE materials and insights into the most effective strategies for teaching the curriculum.

Unit: Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills
Mechanical engineering involves the design of anything with moving parts. In this unit you will learn how to help your students think like mechanical engineers - and also use their understanding of air as wind - to design and create wind-powered machines. The storybook Leif Catches the Wind introduces students to wind turbines that generate renewable energy. Learn how common machines such as mechanical pencils and egg beaters work so that you can teach students mechanical engineering skills to design sailboards and windmills that catch the wind.


What You Take Home

  • Each participant will receive one free Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Curriculum Unit - Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills Teacher Guide ($50 value)
    Teacher guides include one storybook, background content, four detailed lesson plans, and duplication masters for student handouts - including planning and data collection sheets as well as reflection and assessment sheets. Background content includes learning goals, related scientific and social studies knowledge, information on alignment with common science curricula and national standards and a unit specific vocabulary list.
  • Prepared to teach any EiE unit in your classroom
  • Confidence that you can implement open-ended engineering design challenges with your students
  • .6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Texas Tech University ($30 if requested)
  • 6 hours Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit
  • 3 hours of content qualify as Gifted and Talented

About the Instructor

De'Lila Holder

De'Lila Holder has been an educator and administrator for a total of 25 years in Texas education: former teacher for 15 years and campus and district administration for 10 years. She now serves as an Associate Director of the Texas Tech's T-STEM Center.

She is passionate about education and feels honored to work with exceptional professional educators sharing with them her knowledge, encouragement and dedication to STEM education.

Trained by the Boston Museum of Science, Mrs. Holder is an endorsed professional development provider for Engineering is Elementary (EiE).



  • Fee: No charge for this workshop,
    but registration is required to attend
  • Limited to 25 participants
  • July 10, 2015
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Daily Instruction
  • Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
  • Classroom: International Cultural Center, Texas Tech, Room 105 A/B
  • Focus on Grade Levels: 1-5
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