Get a Jumpstart on Fall - What Works for Engaging ALL Students in Engineering?

Online Webinar  
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   iCalendar

Summer is the time to map out your coming year, and the Covid gap is a great chance to jumpstart yourteaching to engage ALL kids in engineering. Join us for a double-team/double-feature session with Mihir Ravel and Cary Sneider sharing their personal guidelines for success gained from developingnationally recognized hands-on engineering curricula, coupled with findings from the last two decadesof education research in how students think about, learn, and benefit from engineering designactivities. As technology educators,we know that engineering design is a powerful force for improvingour world to have affordable food, cleaner water, and better health, but the trick is to get that messageacross to ALL of our kids. We hope this session will give you a jumpstart on helping your studentsappreciate the value of engineering skills while diving headlong into joyful design.

Cary Sneider is a Visiting Scholar in the School of Education at Portland State University in Oregon. His research interests span the fields of astronomy and engineering education, with a focus on learning beyond the school day. He is also a Consultant for charitable foundations that are working to solve environmental and educational problems. He led the engineering writing team for A Framework for K - 12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas , and then led the writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards. Until 2019 he served as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In 2018 Sneider received the NSTA Robert H. Carleton Award for national leadership in science education.



Mihir K. Ravel is a noted technologist and pioneering educator in electronic system design and STEM learning. He is a Visiting Scholar at Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering focusing on design - centric approaches to the integration of science and engineering education. Previously he was at Olin College of Engineering as a Distinguished Research Scientist, and cofounder of the global Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship program in engineering for social impact. Prior to his public service, Mihir’s industry career was leading multinational R&D teams in high performance electronics and computing as Vice - President of Technology for National Instruments, a global leader in design and automation, and as Director of Strategic Technologies for Tektronix, a leader in scientific instrumentation. Mihir’s physics and engineering education gained direction at M.I.T., but was fueled by tinkering with friends.