News & Events

Family Engineering Takes Off in Southeast Michigan

January 2014

Wolfe Middle School in Center Line, Michigan, is one of eleven K-8 school districts in Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties that received a Family Engineering Program Starter Kit and the Family Engineering Activity & Event Planning Guide book through a Michigan Department of Education Improving Teacher Quality Grant. The grant, titled “Super Science for Special Teachers – Continue Changing the Equation,” was received by Lawrence Technological and Madonna Universities near Detroit. In addition to receiving the Family Engineering Starter Kit, a supplemental kit for each of the participating districts was assembled that included supplies for all of the 21 opener activities and 15 challenge activities that were not included in the starter kit.

Each of the recipient districts must host at least one Family Engineering Night during the grant period. This is a win-win for all involved–the leadership skills of participating teachers are enhanced, and hundreds of parents and students experience a fun and engaging introduction to engineering through hands-on Family Engineering activities. These hands-on experiences just might spark a future engineering career!

To date, Family Engineering Nights have been held at Mount Clemens, Wayne Westland (3), and Center Line. Coming up in Spring 2014–Taylor, Chippewa Valley, Allen Academy in Detroit, Utica and Van Dyke will host a Family Engineering Night also.

Check out this video highlighting the Wolfe Middle School event:  Family Engineering Night

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MTU Students Bring Family Engineering to K-8 Students in Grand Rapids, MI

November 2013

A group of Michigan Tech students conducted a Family Engineering Night for hundreds of eager students and their parents/caregivers at Harrison Park K-8 school in Grand Rapids on Monday, November 25th. The MTU students are part of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter at Michigan Tech University in Houghton.

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Family Engineering is Great for Title One Programs

October 2013

Title One Coordinators at elementary and middle schools in Eugene, Oregon have been busy planning Family Engineering events after receiving training on the program last spring, hosted by the 4J School District Title One Program. Family engagement is a key element of Title One programs and schools and districts often have designated funds to provide family programs. Family Engineering is a fun and exciting way to bring families together and get parents involved in their child’s education.

Partnering with Family Engineering Promotes Statewide STEM Education

Ocober 2013

Megan Schrauben, Integrated Education Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, presented the Family Engineering program to the Michigan Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Talent Summit on October 24 in East Lansing, MI. The presentation was an example of how to use partnerships to deliver an innovative STEM program statewide to promote STEM careers to K-12 students in Michigan.

View the details of Megan’s presentation:  Building Interest in Manufacturing Careers-Megan Schrauben 11.18.13rev

Oregon State SMILE Program Focuses on Family Engagement

August 2013

The SMILE Program (Science, Math, and Investigative Learning Experiences) at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon trains teachers to host SMILE Clubs in elementary, middle and high schools across the state. SMILE Clubs provide hands-on, inquiry-based science and math enrichment and college readiness experiences. At this year’s summer training institute, 45 SMILE teachers from 12 communities engaged in a Family Engineering training workshop. Family events and family engagement have always been a strong component of the SMILE program and Family Engineering will provide them with some new and innovative resources to use during their family programs.