News & Events

Idaho Teachers Introduced to Family Engineering

July 2013

Over 500 Idaho teachers received training on the Family Engineering program during five different Summer Institutes held in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Coeur D’Alene, Twin Falls and Meridian. The Summer Institutes were provided by Idaho Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (i-STEM), a coordinated state-wide effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support STEM education  in K-12th grades. Regional resource centers across the state were supplied with Family Engineering Materials Kits that can be checked out by schools to host Family Engineering events in their local communities.

Detroit Teachers Attend Summer School for Family Engineering

July 2013

Family Engineering workshops were held for elementary teachers in Detroit Public Schools, July 17-19, to introduce them to the engaging Family Engineering activities. Over 53 teachers attended over the three days and participated in a variety of openers and engineering challenges. The feedback was positive and the intention is for more schools to implement Family Engineering activities and events during the 2013-14 school year. Family Engineering Kits are available for the teachers to borrow from the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center.


Family Engineering in Oregon

Spring 2013

Oak Hills Elementary in Beaverton, Oregon hosted two, fun-filled Family Engineering Nights during the 2012-13 school year. Three third grade classes and their families (over 200 participants between two events) gathered in the school gymnasium to test their engineering design skills with self-guided, hands-on Opener activities and two facilitated Engineering Challenges (Team Up! and Mining for Chocolate).

The event got high marks from both parents and children, with many students remarking that “working with my family” was the best part of the evening.

The event was made possible through a grant from the Beaverton Education Foundation and was hosted by third grade teachers Chris Amorose, Susan Grossen, and Charles Geier. They hope to host more Family Engineering Nights this fall to allow even more students and families to participate.




STEM Outreach in Michigan to Feature Family Engineering

April 2013

Michigan Technological University received $5000 from John Deere to support STEM Outreach to underrepresented K-12 students through minority STEM chapters. The student chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), American Indian Science e & Engineering Society (AISES), and the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), will travel to schools in Detroit, MI in order to encourage more Black, Hispanic, and American Indian students to aspire to become scientists and engineers. This effort will consist of classroom presentations by Michigan Tech students as well as Family Engineering Nights for K-8 students and their parents held at several Detroit elementary schools in partnership with Detroit Public Schools Office of Science, and the Detroit Math & Science Center.

The first Family Engineering Night will be held April 25 at Gogebic Community College with over 300 attendees expected. The event was supported by the Michigan STEM Partnership/Western UP Superior STEM Hub which contributed $1500 to support the effort.

It’s Not Your Typical Spring Break!

March 2013

Ten members of the Michigan Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will spend their spring break in Detroit, working to inspire younger students to explore engineering as a career option. For eight of them, it’s a trip home, since they attended Detroit schools. The other two students are from Africa.

These engineering advocates will visit middle and high schools to talk about their experiences and to encourage students to check out the world of engineering. They’ll engage the classroom students in several Family Engineering actiities to hook their interest and keep them “listening” throughout their 50-minute classroom presentations.

“The goal is to show these kids that college is attainable by having them talk with students who share some of the experiences and have done it,” said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech.

Bt the Tech students will do much more than talk–they’ll engage families in hands-on activities at several Family Engineering Night events that they will conduct at some of the schools, as well as share inspiring personal experiences. Activities include “Mining for Chocolate,” “Brainsaver,” and “Launcher,” enabling the whole family to participate and get inspired by engineering.

“This is a great way to increase diversity on our campus, but more importantly, to have students who can relate to these kids and show them that a college education and career in STEM is possible for them,” said Chadde.