Archive for October, 2011

Training Workshops with STEM Student Chapters

Friday, October 21st, 2011

September 20, 2011
Joan Chadde & Dr. Neil Hutzler hosted a volunteer training for STEM students at Michigan Technological University. Sixteen students from seven student chapters of national engineering societies participated including: AISES, NSBE, SWE, SHPE, TBP, AlChE, and ASEE. The workshop kindled enthusiasm amongst the chapter representatives, and a second training was planned so more chapter members could attend.

October 31, 2011
Joan Chadde & Dr. Neil Hutzler at Michigan Technological University led another training workshop with STEM students. Twenty-four students from eight student organizations participated including student chapters of AISES, NSBE, SWE, TBP, S-STEM, AlChE, ASEE, and a student research engineering council. The workshop presented the Family Engineering philosophy and delivery models, engaged the students in doing a variety of short activities, and several of the engineering challenges–which was their favorite part! Three students went on to present activities at a family science & engineering event on November 11, 2011 at Barkell Elementary in Hancock, MI.

Family Engineering Night Held in Springfield, Virginia

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Teachers at Newington Forest Elementary School used the Family Engineering program to help them plan an amazing event with exciting engineering activities for families. With over 200 families in attendance, everyone had a great evening full of fun and learning!

Informal Science Educators Get Excited About Family Engineering!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The newly published Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide made its debut in the exhibit hall at the annual conference of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in Baltimore, MD. Already familiar with the successful Family Science and Family Math programs, professionals from science and technology museums, children’s museums, and other informal science organizations were excited to see a new resource for family programming that focuses on engineering.

SWE Finds Out About Family Engineering

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference in Chicago, IL included a presentation on Family Engineering by Joan Chadde from Michigan Technological University and Dr. Monica Cardella with the Department of Engineering Education at Purdue University in Ohio. Twenty-five SWE members attended, representing university SWE student chapters, industry, and university outreach/educators. The participants were excited to bring the Family Engineering program back to their work places and campuses and to start putting on Family Engineering events in their communities.