Title One Coordinators at elementary and middle schools in Eugene, Oregon have been busy planning Family Engineering events after receiving training on the program last spring, hosted by the 4J School District Title One Program. Family engagement is a key element of Title One programs and schools and districts often have designated funds to provide family programs. Family Engineering is a fun and exciting way to bring families together and get parents involved in their child’s education.
The SMILE Program (Science, Math, and Investigative Learning Experiences) at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon trains teachers to host SMILE Clubs in elementary, middle and high schools across the state. SMILE Clubs provide hands-on, inquiry-based science and math enrichment and college readiness experiences. At this year’s summer training institute, 45 SMILE teachers from 12 communities engaged in a Family Engineering training workshop. Family events and family engagement have always been a strong component of the SMILE program and Family Engineering will provide them with some new and innovative resources to use during their family programs.
Over 500 Idaho teachers received training on the Family Engineering program during five different Summer Institutes held in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Coeur D’Alene, Twin Falls and Meridian. The Summer Institutes were provided by Idaho Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (i-STEM), a coordinated state-wide effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support STEM education in K-12th grades. Regional resource centers across the state were supplied with Family Engineering Materials Kits that can be checked out by schools to host Family Engineering events in their local communities.
A group of Michigan Tech students conducted a Family Engineering Night for hundreds of eager students and their parents/caregivers at Harrison Park K-8 school in Grand Rapids on Monday, November 25th. The MTU students are part of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter at Michigan Tech University in Houghton.
Megan Schrauben, Integrated Education Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, presented the Family Engineering program to the Michigan Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Talent Summit on October 24 in East Lansing, MI. The presentation was an example of how to use partnerships to deliver an innovative STEM program statewide to promote STEM careers to K-12 students in Michigan.
View the details of Megan’s presentation: Building Interest in Manufacturing Careers-Megan Schrauben 11.18.13rev