Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Technological University, presented “Engaging Families in STEM” at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville with co-presenters, Tenesha Moore, Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and David Heil, Foundation for Family Science & Engineering. Two dozen educators from around the country experienced Family Engineering activities and found out for themselves how the program engages parents and elementary-aged children in hands-on engineering activities in order to create the next generation of problem solvers. Tenesha Moore shared how the Detroit Public School system has embraced the Family Engineering program, receiving a Verizon grant that supported teacher training and helped to purchase 45 Family Engineering Starter Kits. Between 20-30 Family Engineering events are conducted annually by Detroit schools.
Chadde and Heil are co-authors of Family Engineering: An Activity and Event Planning Guide, the product of a National Science Foundation Informal Science Education grant (2008-2011).