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March 29-31 San Diego, California

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Wednesday, March 29 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Novel Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Engineering and Literacy FILLING

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Novel Engineering (NE), an NSF-funded project at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, is engaging 1st-8th grade students and educators in engineering by using books as a context for client-centered, open-ended design challenges. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the NE approach. They will watch video of students doing Novel Engineering, engage in a conceptual planning activity based on the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, and look at examples of Novel Engineering in the classroom and think about places Novel Engineering could support their own work with students. The overall goal is to help educators recognize the beginning of engineering in students in an interdisciplinary activity and gain an understanding of the basics of the Novel Engineering approach.

This session, will begin with an overview of Novel Engineering that will include examples of books and projects that have been done in K-8 classrooms. We will engage in a conceptual planning activity. A Long Walk to Water contains a realistic fiction account of Nya, and chronicles her life in Southern Sudan and her daily trek to get water for her family. The inconvenience and illness that comes with this unpurified water prevents girls in the Nuer tribe community like Nya from going to school and living a healthy life. Participants’ design plans will be based on ways to help Nya with one of the problems described in the book. After this experience participants will brainstorm ways that Novel Engineering could be included in their own classrooms. The final portion of the session will include watching videos of students engaging in Novel Engineering activities in classrooms and discussing engineering moments in the videos as well as ways in which Novel Engineering inspires deeper learning in topics ranging from literacy, engineering, history, social studies, and science. Participants will learn to see the productive beginnings of engineering thinking and habits of mind in students and their designs by analyzing videos of students engaged in NE activities.

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Alex Pugnali

Education Specialist, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Wednesday March 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
HTE 217

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