Fellow Goshen Middle School science teacher Samantha McConnaughey discusses what she says is another positive aspect of the SIT. “Time is golden as a teacher – we never have time to do anything,” she said. “So the time that we have this summer to actually create a full unit and to get feedback from professionals like the resource team and engineers that we’re going to be working with is going to be invaluable.”
The SIT results in each teacher participant producing three learning units that integrate engineering’s challenge based learning processes into secondary mathematics and science curriculum. The showcase is a way to display these units. “This gives the teachers the opportunity to highlight their work and to have some outside perspective to pat them on the back and say ‘job well done,’” said CEEMS project manager Julie Steimle. “It is [also] a celebration of seven weeks of hard work.”
Teachers will display a poster which will summarize each of the three units they have created. “The poster session will be a time for the teachers to talk about their units and to get teachers comfortable with presenting their work to adults,” Steimle said. “One of the goals of the project is to create teacher leaders so that not only will they be great in the classroom, but they will spread the word among their colleagues as well.”
The Closing Day Showcase is Friday August 2, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
CEEMS is funded by the National Science Foundation, grant #1102990.