Informal educators at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix participated in a 2-day Family Engineering Training Workshop that prepared them to offer Family Engineering events as one of their science center education programs. Mia Jackson and Sally Greer, both with the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering, introduced participants to Family Engineering’s philosophy of family learning, strategies for successful family events, and loads of great, hands-on engineering activities to use with elementary-aged children and their
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On Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24, 2010, Family Engineering joined over 1,500 science and engineering programs and organizations; and 500,000 attendees for an exciting event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – the first USA Science and Engineering Festival.
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At the ASTC annual conference in Oahu, Hawaii, Family Engineering presented to the National Educational Outreach Network (NEON). NEON participants work at science centers around the United States and throughout the world, providing informal education programs in their local and regional communities. Family Engineering provides a new resource for these experienced informal educators and creates an opportunity for them to add engineering to their program offerings.
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The Field Test evaluation results are in! Eight different field test sites around the United States, including Puerto Rico, hosted over 40 total Family Engineering events in Spring 2010. The activities and events received highly positive ratings from families, staff and expert reviewers. Best of all, the Family Engineering events were shown to have a significantly positive impact on families’ interest in and awareness of what engineers do.
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Family Engineering was introduced to National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members at the annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The Family Engineering program was highlighted at the Foundation for Family Science booth in the NSTA exhibit hall and in a dynamic session entitled “Exploring Engineering with Elementary Age Children and Their Parents” presented by Mia Jackson, Foundation for Family Science, and Jack Samuelson, Marquette University. Click here to view the slide set from this presentation.
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