Workshop to Help Teachers Use Engineering Design in Science Classes
June 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - More than 40 teachers from Indiana elementary schools will attend a Purdue University workshop this month to learn how to incorporate engineering design activities into their science classrooms.
The workshop, which will be June 11-15 and June 18-22, is presented through the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) project. The project is co-directed by Alyssa Panitch, professor of biomedical engineering, and Brenda Capobianco, associate professor of science education.
SLED, a National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership project that links Purdue with Indiana school districts, is focused on improving science learning in grades 3-6. Engineering design provides a hands-on way for students to learn science by making products to meet specific needs.
New Indiana elementary-level academic standards as well as national science education standards call for students to understand and use the engineering design process. The SLED project is developing materials, teaching approaches and building a research base for meeting the new standards.
SLED participants from Purdue are the colleges of Education, Engineering, Science and Technology and the Discovery Learning Research Center. Teachers attending the workshops will come from the Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Taylor (Kokomo) and Plymouth school districts.
The teachers will test new classroom design activities developed by Purdue science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty and develop plans for implementing the activities with their own students during the 2012-13 academic year.
More information on SLED is available at https://stemedhub.org/groups/sled
- Chell Nyquist
July 14, 2016
After a successful run of more than a decade, Discovery Park has made the decision to sunset the Discovery Learning and Research Center. The DLRC will officially close as a Discovery Park center on December 31, 2016. Although the DLRC is closing, many key functions of the center will continue. The research and evaluation activities of the center, which have supported and continue to support a number of internal and external projects and stakeholders, will be maintained under the auspices of the College of Education.Read Full Story