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Professional Development

Students get excited about engineering.  Teachers love when students get excited about something academic.  Why do so few primary teachers lead engineering activities? Lack of training. 

Elementary Engineering Trainings

In our trainings, teachers learn:

 

 

  •   the Elementary Engineering approach.

  •   fundamental physics concepts.

  •   the engineering process.

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

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

  •   how to convert engineering activities into controlled experiments.

  •   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.

Training 1.  The Dipping Your Toe into the Water Workshop

 

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.

Grades:  3rd to 5th  (US)

Classes:  3rd to 6th (Ireland)

Time:  7 hours

Training 2.  It’s All in the Box Workshop

With the foundation in place, we take the teachers through the rest of the Elementary Engineering programme:  sail-carts, sail-boats, magnetic go-carts, air-powered go-carts, axle-driven go-carts, air-powered boats, and aqua-mobiles.  All the materials used in the lessons fit in a tote box.

Time:  11 hours  (1.5 days)

Grades:  3rd to 5th  (US)

Classes:  3rd to 6th (Ireland)

 

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.