September 20, 2011 Joan Chadde & Dr. Neil Hutzler hosted a volunteer training for STEM students at Michigan Technological University. Sixteen students from seven student chapters of national engineering societies participated including: AISES, NSBE, SWE, SHPE, TBP, AlChE, and ASEE. The workshop kindled enthusiasm amongst the chapter representatives, and a second training was planned so more chapter members could attend. October 31, 2011 Joan Chadde & Dr. Neil Hutzler at Michigan Technological University led another
Teachers at Newington Forest Elementary School used the Family Engineering program to help them plan an amazing event with exciting engineering activities for families. With over 200 families in attendance, everyone had a great evening full of fun and learning!
The newly published Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide made its debut in the exhibit hall at the annual conference of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in Baltimore, MD. Already familiar with the successful Family Science and Family Math programs, professionals from science and technology museums, children’s museums, and other informal science organizations were excited to see a new resource for family programming that focuses on engineering.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual conference in Chicago, IL included a presentation on Family Engineering by Joan Chadde from Michigan Technological University and Dr. Monica Cardella with the Department of Engineering Education at Purdue University in Ohio. Twenty-five SWE members attended, representing university SWE student chapters, industry, and university outreach/educators. The participants were excited to bring the Family Engineering program back to their work places and campuses and to start putting on Family
The Michigan Math & Science Center Network was introduced to the Family Engineering program at a workshop held in Traverse City, Michigan. Twenty of the 33 state math/science centers attended the workshop presented by Neil Hutzler and Douglas Oppliger of Michigan Technological University. The Centers found the new Family Engineering book extremely helpful and all committed to offering at least one Family Engineering event during the current school year. Square One Education Network, a Michigan-based