Designing Parachutes and Engineering for K-8

Posted by Arcadia University on November 23, 2015

FREE STEM Workshop: Designing Parachutes and Engineering for K-8

Friday, February 19, 2016 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

A Free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Workshop for K-8 Teachers

Designing Parachutes: Supporting Teachers’ Implementation of Engineering Design

Presented by Debbie Murphy, Elementary Classroom Teacher and Graduate Student in STEM Certificate Program

Space is limited.

Also learn about our new and exciting STEM Education Certificates for K-8 Teachers:

  • Engineering design activities
  • Education standards
  • Study abroad components

A light lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm.

About the Workshop

The Next Generation Science Standards ask PK-8 classroom teachers to implement the engineering design process (EDP) in their classrooms to demonstrate how engineers solve real-world problems. In this workshop, participants will engage in the design of parachutes that was adapted from the Full Option Science System’s (FOSS) Air and Weather module. Participants will conduct investigations to test variables (i.e. area, material, and overall design) that influence the speed of descent of parachutes and use data to develop their prototypes. Attendees will engage in problem solving and learn to foster resiliency in their students as they experience the iterative design process to improve their prototypes base on evidence. They will also have opportunities to discuss ways to incorporate the EDP and professional development strategies in teacher education courses to support teachers of STEM.

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