All of our services focus on working with the resources you have to design projects, curriculum or programs to fit your needs. Our working motto is that real change in education needs to be “evolutionary not revolutionary” and that success comes from capitalizing on your strengths. We work hard to provide cost effective, fully supported professional development in the classroom. Contact us today for a sample of one of our curriculum units.
CUSTOM PROJECT DESIGN & EMBEDDED COACHING
Goal: To provide customized Engineering Design Projects focused on key science or math curricula concepts.
Process: We will spend some time meeting with your teacher(s) and observing the class(es) the project will be designed for. This is generally a two to three day process.
Once a project is agreed upon, we spend time fully developing it. The finished product will include teacher and student materials, extensive background and resource material, a list of equipment if necessary, specific lesson plans and a timeline. Rubrics for assessment will be developed if desired. All projects will be mapped to any standards specified. This process has a minimum two week lead time and we are in contact with your personnel during this stage.
We return at the appropriate time to implement the project with your teacher. We request time for discussion and planning prior to introducing the project to the class.
We remain in the classroom with the teacher for the completion of the project. We also aid the teacher in obtaining relevant feedback along with assessment to further improve the project. Each project is designed with characteristics that can translate to new topics and we provide ongoing support to teachers who develop subsequent projects.
Fees: Available on request. Can be billed as one complete project fee or on a per diem plus project development fee. Ongoing support is free of charge unless a return visit is requested.
FULL CURRICULUM DESIGN
1. Engineering Curriculum
If you are interested in implementing a course dedicated to Engineering, we can provide detailed curriculum as well as training and support for your personnel. Our experience in designing and implementing this type of course is that an Engineering Design model focused on thematic units such as Materials and Structures, Form and Function, Energy and the Environment, Infrastructure and Development, and Future Technologies works well. We can tailor your course in terms of student ability level and level of science and math content. All of our approaches are project-based and focus on authentic design challenges. Each project addresses critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and communication. All of our material is mapped to relevant standards (NGSS, ABET, ITEEA). We will custom design the course and level of training and ongoing support needed. We make every attempt to provide a self-sustaining, easily modified and extended curriculum to enable you to create your own Engineering courses or modules in the future.
2. STEAM or Design-Based STEM Curriculum
Creative learners can be re-engaged in science courses that feature an art or design component. The ability to think creatively and to innovate will be key to future career success. ProjectEngin will work with you to re-engineer your science curriculum for the 21st century. We employ a project-based approach supported by the “Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning” approach to scientific inquiry and by the Engineering Design Process and we are committed to increasing real-world relevance in your classroom.
Two of our middle school STEAM and design-based curriculum projects will be implemented in September 2015. We are very excited about a life sciences based STEAM enrichment course, highlighting biomimicry and bioengineering. In addition, we have been working on a long-term project to develop a thematically organized three year STEM curriculum with a design-thinking orientation. It highlights NGSS cross-cutting concepts and highlights science and engineering practices through a project-based approach.
3. Globally and Socially Impactful Curriculum
Our “Building a Better World” curriculum modules embody our philosophy of transdisciplinary learning designed to empower students and to enhance their global view. The first module focusses on disaster-proof housing and is featured on the American Society for Engineering Education “Engineering Go For It’ website. (http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/disaster-proof-housing/) Our second module deals with world water issues and is ready for your classroom, having been piloted and revised during the 2015-16 school year. Modules focusing on energy, food, and infrastructure are currently in development. All of the “Building a Better World” modules highlight the need for cultural empathy and the appropriate use of technology in engineering solutions to global problems. All of the curriculum can be customized and modified for grade level (6-12), resources, and available time. Contact us for helping in expanding your students’ global view.
4. Materials Science
We are currently in the process of developing a semester long Material Science course with an appropriate level of solid state physics and chemistry, mechanics, mathematics, and product design. Specific projects and activities were embedded in two high school chemistry courses during the 2014-15 year. They were found to increase student understanding of bonding, microstructure, physical properties, forces, and kinetic molecular theory. Revision and full curriculum development is planned for 2015-16.
ProjectEngin offers customized, hands-on faculty workshops. Participants gain access to a range of online resources and, if desired, ongoing support. In addition, we are working on developing an online PLC for all educators who have attended our workshops. We design our workshops to fit your scheduling needs using either a half, full, or multi-day format. Workshops can be scheduled back-to-back or interspersed throughout the year.
- Using the Engineering Design Process in Your Classroom
- Engineering Solutions to Global Problems
- Developing Creativity and Divergent Thinking in Science Classes
- Moving from Traditional Verification Labs to Engineering Design projects
- Engineering Design for Active Learning in STEM and STEAM Courses
- Engineering and the NGSS
- Re-Engineer your Classroom: Projects that Matter
ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECTS AS EXTRA- OR CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We will work with your staff to pursue and develop opportunities for student involvement in national and regional design challenges and programs. In many ways, this is the new Science Fair. But the wide range of opportunities, costs, interests and level of expertise makes it difficult to negotiate. Many challenges provide software, recognition by employers and scholarship opportunities for your students. This is a wonderful way to introduce students to engineering through informal education challenges and programs. Fees available on request.
INDUSTRIAL LIAISON COORDINATOR
One of the least utilized resources in most schools is the surrounding manufacturing and technology oriented business community. At ProjectEngin, we have remained connected to many engineering fields and employers. We can speak their language and assist you in finding a good fit. Working with local employers and/or alumni in the field yields numerous benefits to your school and community. You and your students can learn about technical talent and opportunities in your own area. Employers have a chance to get to know talented future employees. Many outside experts are happy to mentor and advise teachers who are implementing some engineering in their courses. In addition, opportunities for corporate financial support for new programs and equipment, as well as internship experiences for students are often not developed due to lack of information on needs and how it can all fit together. We can speak the language of both the employer and the educator; let us help you get local help. Fees available on request