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Professional Development

I’m no longer scared of physics and I’m confident I can teach engineering lessons. I had a lot of fun – except when my team lost the go-cart competition. Thanks Scott.

Niamh Mulvihill, 4th class teacher

It Must Be Teacher Friendly

Elementary teachers have a lot on their plates. If you are going to add something else – engineering, for example – you better make sure it is teacher friendly. Let me be clear what this means: if it doesn’t work for the teacher, it is not going to work for the students. When we develop lessons and trainings, we do so with the understanding that elementary teachers have:

1. limited time.

2. limited space.

3. limited energy.

 

Elementary Engineering Trainings

In our trainings, teachers learn:

  • the Elementary Engineering approach.

  • lessons from all eight modules.

  • fundamental physics concepts.

  • the engineering process.

  • new ways to help their students develop inductive and deductive reasoning skills.

  • how to convert engineering activities into controlled experiments.

  • how to find and use the numbers embedded in engineering lessons.

  • that a few basic activities can cover a lot of National Standards.

  • it’s fun for teachers to build go-carts, roller-coasters, and other stuff.

Day 1.  Dipping Your Toes Into The Water 

 

Module 1.  Roller-Coasters: Potential/Kinetic Energy

Module 2.  Gravity Go-Carts: An Introduction to Forces

Module 3.  Rube Goldberg Machines: Transfer of Energy

In this hands-on training, teachers will learn that with just a few simple items and a basic understanding of a few fundamental physics concepts, they will be all set to lead engineering lessons.

Modules covered: 1 to 3

Grades:  3rd to 5th  (US)

Classes:  3rd to 6th (Ireland)

Time:  7 hours

Materials used: pipe insulation tracks, marbles, masking tape, cups, wheels, axles, straws and dominoes

Estimated cost of materials: $150

 

Day 2.  It’s All In The Box 

Module 4.  Magnetic Go-Carts:  Force Fields

Module 5.  Air-Powered Go-Carts:  Transformation of Energy

Module 6: Sail Carts: Applied Air Forces

Module 7: Tin Foil Boats & Sail Boats: Buoyancy & Net Force

Module 8: Air-Powered Boats:  The Law of Conservation of Energy

With the foundation in place, we take the teachers through the rest of the Elementary Engineering programme.  All the materials used in the lessons fit in a tote box.

Modules covered: 4 to 8

Time:  7 hours

Grades:  3rd to 5th  (US)

Classes:  3rd to 6th (Ireland)

Materials used: PIEs, magnets, axles, wheels, motors, battery packs, batteries, propellers, plastic bags, tin foil, insulation tracks, straws, and dominoes

Estimated cost of materials: $400

PIE

An essential feature of some of the more advanced activities is the PIE—Platform of Innovative Engineering.  In 2012, we designed and built our first prototype with a 3-D printer.   After lots tinkering and testing,  we are pleased to announce the PIEs will be available in December, 2017.

Engineering Kits

 

Both the PIEs and the entire engineering kit will be available in December, 2017.   For American schools it will be cheaper to purchase the PIEs from Elementary Engineering and the rest of the items directly from the vendors where we get them from—we want you to do it the cheapest way possible.

 

Note:  Patent is pending.

Past and Upcoming Trainings

 

2016

 

Listowel, County Kerry; Killarney, County Kerry; Milltown, County Cork; Drogheda, County Meath.

 

 

2017

 

Ballyduff, County Kerry; Killarney, County Kerry; Dingle, County Kerry; Charleville, County Limerick; Abbeyfeale, County Limerick; Abbeyleix, County Laois; Allenwood, County Kildare; Blessington, County Wicklow.

 

2018

Ballyvorney, County Cork; Boherbue, County Cork.

 

Upcoming:

 

March: Dunleek, County Louth; Slane, County Meath.

April: US (Oregon and Washington)

May 12: Rathdrum, County Wicklow

May 24: Roundwood, County Wicklow.