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Grade 7-12 Workshop Descriptions

TryEngineering.org: Hands-on Activities Demonstrate Engineering Principles
Yvonne Pelham, Educational Outreach Program Manager, IEEE

This workshop will enhance the efforts of teachers to bring exciting hands-on activities that demonstrate engineering concepts and principles to students. Participants will be introduced to lesson plans that have been peer-reviewed by educators and engineers. Working in teams, participants will use common materials to design and build a working robot arm. Using the engineering design process, teams will collaborate and agree on a design, identify materials, build and test their robot arm model. Appropriate for grades 7 to 12, this classroom activity has the following objectives:
·        Learn design concepts.
·        Learn teamwork.
·        Learn problem solving techniques.
·        Learn about simple machines.


 Plastics in Today’s World; a Workshop for 7-12 Educators

Professor Betsy Dell, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering/ Packaging Science; Rochester Institute of Technology

The goal of this workshop is to convey the impact that plastics have had on our world, both positive and negative.  This is a science based workshop that covers topics such as chemical bonding, history of science, scientific inquiry, measuring & weighing, the impact of technology in our world, and more. Through this workshop, your students will learn “what is plastic?”, the history of plastic, properties of plastics, and the use of plastics in today’s world.  There are 2 hands on activities:  recycling of plastics, and biodegradable plastics.  Participants will receive detailed workshop instructions for instructors including student handouts, a Power Point presentation, resources on the Web and information on how educators can order a Biodegradable polymers kit.  Material covered in the workshops is linked to the National Science Education Standards for Grades 5-9 and 9-12

Nanotechnology Education Using Mini VD Graaff Generators and Robotic Bubble-makers

Prof. Dean Aslam, Assoc. Director, NSF ERC for WIMS, Michigan State University

This workshop, partly supported by the outreach program of NSF Engineering Research Center for wireless integrated microsystems (wimserc.org), will use Lego-based hands-on unique modules to explain micro- and nano-technologies. The participants will be able to use fabrication modules, small-size Lego-based Van de Graaff generators and programmable bubble-maker robots.

SCIENCE ROCKS!  Ways to Shake it Up in the Classroom

MAJ Mindy Kimball,  Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy

This workshop will demonstrate and discuss ways to help convey concepts in geology and earth sciences to students in order to excite and inspire further learning.  Teachers will be given ways of covering specific politically charged topics (or at least in the minds of the students and families) like the age of the earth, nuclear waste, mining, petroleum geology, alternative energy, and freshwater resources.  Take-home materials include a workshop outline, list of reference materials, and supply lists for practical demonstrations.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion session aimed at sharing ideas and examples of workshop participants.


Questions:  LTC Lynn Byers, Workshop Chair