Professional Development Workshops


In addition to taking engineering and content courses during the SIT, teachers also experience professional development related to the development of their challenge-based, engineering design units. The workshops are delivered by a seasoned resource team. Please check out some of the links to videos and materials distributed during last year’s professional development workshops.

Challenge-Based Learning in Action: Participants will be introduced to the components of challenge-based learning (CBL).

Unit Template: Resource team members will introduce the unit template they developed for participants to use as they create their challenge-based learning units.  Units need to be presented uniformly as they will be posted on the CEEMS website for non-participating teachers to download and use in their own classrooms.

Academic Standards: Math teachers will receive an overview of the common core math standards and science teachers will receive an overview of the new Ohio New Learning Standards: K-12 Science and the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Common Core Math Standards

Science Standards

Wiki: During the summer and the academic year implementation phase, participants will post drafts of their challenge-based learning units on a Wiki site for resource team members to review and provide suggestions.  Because of the varying degrees of familiarity with wiki, teachers will be introduced to this technology in a workshop.

Making Posters Using PowerPoint:  Teachers will learn how to create a poster using PowerPoint, as they will be required to create a poster for each CBL unit they develop and post it in their classrooms.

Video Creation:  The participants will develop a short, one to three minute video previewing each of their CBL units.  Just as a trailer to a movie helps one decide whether to view the entire movie, this short video will serve as a summary of the unit for other teachers who may be interested in the unit and want to decide if it is worth their time to read the entire unit template.  The video can also be shown to the participating teacher’s students prior to the start of the unit.  This presentation will provide teachers with tools to create video using free, web-based resources.

Assessment:   Challenge-based learning units require formative and summative assessment strategies that involve more than a multiple choice test.  This presentation explored best practices for and challenges in effectively assessing group design projects.

Misconceptions:    In science classrooms, students often hold misconceptions or preconceived notions that are not scientifically correct.  These misconceptions can be hard to change if students have held particular views for a long time.  In addition, since people build knowledge on their current understanding, misconceptions can have serious impacts on student learning.  This presentation addressed some common science and math misconceptions and strategies for counteracting them.