Workshops are Available in the Following Topics
National Center for Technological Literacy, Museum of Science, Boston
Engineering is Elementary: Engineering and Technology Lessons for Children (EiE) capitalizes on youngsters' natural fascination with building, taking things apart, and figuring out how things work. The program integrates engineering content with elementary science concepts. Each unit focuses on a field of engineering-or example, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering-and includes a child's illustrated storybook, lesson plans, and student materials. The lessons are correlated with technology/engineering curriculum standards.
Building Math involves students in collecting and analyzing their own data in hands-on investigations integrated with engineering design activities. Students develop algebraic thinking skills and solve real problems (such as designing a bridge prototype or building a shelter). On each adventure, they apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and use the engineering design process to meet challenges. Recommended for enrichment, or as a replacement unit, each title in the series has an engaging theme: Everest Trek, Stranded!, and Amazon Mission.
Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process (EtF) is a full-year high school course developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. The course is intended to show students how they will influence technological developments as workers, consumers, and citizens-whether or not they pursue technical careers.
LEGO WeDo Robotics is a cross-curricular set and series of theme-based activities. The activities cover content in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math as well as language arts and literacy. Students will build and program their robotic models to write stories, solve problems, and create innovative projects.
LEGO Mindstorms NXT allows students to model real-life mechanisms and use creativity, logic, and problem-solving skills to meet challenges while learning necessary science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
LEGO Tetrix uses the power of Mindstorms technology to incorporate and control powerful DC and servo motors and metal gears. Students are able to build more versatile and robust robots designed for more sophisticated tasks.
Picture Perfect Science Lessons
Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, published by the National Science Teachers Association, have helped teachers deepen their content knowledge and integrate science and reading in a meaningful way. Each book contains ready-to-teach lessons and features engaging, science-related books tied to inquiry-based science lessons.
More on the Picture-Perfect lessons can be found as: http://www.pictureperfectscience.com/
Workshops are scheduled for Summer 2014 at the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND.
Feel free to contact Gary Ketterling by phone for information on how the professional learning opportunity can be brought to your school or district during the academic school year.
See also: http://stem.vcsu.edu/blog/picture-perfect-science-lessons/
3D Modeling Software
Google SketchUp: has been called, "3D for Everyone." It allows users to draw the way they want by emulating the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper. It is a simple and elegant interface, that is fun to use and easy to learn.