Free Workshops on Engineering Education for High School Teachers

Posted by on March 29, 2010


April 16th 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lafayette College
Easton, PA

Held in conjunction with the:
Spring 2010 Mid-Atlantic American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference Engineering Education: Global Challenges, Local Solutions

From energy to water, from solving conflict to humanitarian efforts, 21st century engineers must apply their expertise to an ever-more-complex set of problems. While these problems have global effects, global solutions may not exist. Interactive global communication tools that have presented new platforms for sharing worldwide concerns demand identifying local solutions. Engineering educators are charged with preparing the next generation of engineers for this increasingly complex and connected world. This conference will explore the desired outcomes of an engineering education in the 21st century and methods for achieving it.

Lafayette College is hosting the 2010 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference. Professors and students from engineering programs throughout the region will present papers and participate in workshops on engineering pedagogy with a primary focus on undergraduate students. As part of this conference, Lafayette College is hosting a free workshop geared for high school teachers to advance their appreciation of engineering and how it can be integrated into high school science curricula.

In the high school teachers’ workshop, teachers may choose two hands-on laboratory modules from any of the four branches of engineering – chemical & biomolecular, civil & environmental, electrical & computer, and mechanical. There will also be an introduction to policy and management issues that affect the engineering profession.

Teachers workshop modules:
Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1-3 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering, 1-3 p.m.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 3-5 p.m.
Electrical and Computer Engineering, 3-5 p.m

Teachers are invited to stay for an optional campus tour offered from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Teachers may also attend lunch (noon to 1:00 pm) prior to the workshop and/or dinner followed by a keynote speaker with conference participants (6:00 – 8:00 pm). They are most welcome to join us for the main conference sessions on April 17th.  Participation of high school teachers at these workshops and the conference is sponsored by a generous gift from Air Products & Chemicals and are FREE to all high school teachers.

Although the workshop is free, registration is limited to 40 teachers. Please mail the registration form if you plan to attend. Please report to the lobby of the Lafayette College Learning Center (Scott Hall) between noon and 1 p.m. on April 16th to pick up your conference materials. Direct all questions to Mary Bonner at 610-330-5000 (ask for extension 7013).

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