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Access and Equity in Engineering Education: New Programs from Design Squad for Out-of-School Educators, Grades 4-8 : Free Webinar; Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 7pm ET
Looking for hands-on, impactful, fun engineering resources? Look no further! Design Squad is back with TWO new programs designed for kids ages 8-14 in out-of-school time programs and available free on PBS LearningMedia: Design Squad Maker and Design Squad Latinx. These new programs aim to reach youth who have been historically underserved or unable to access engineering programs and activities.

Design Squad Maker was developed by GBH Education in collaboration with the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and has resources for makerspaces, caregivers, and kids. The program intentionally developed a wrap-around collection of resources to give kids access to engineering experiences across different settings and times. Design Squad Latinx is a bilingual program that employs a strengths-based approach to engineering activities. This program embraced a highly-iterative development process and was created for and in collaboration with Latinx communities.

Following a dive into the resources, key partners from each of the projects will be joining us for a panel discussion. There will be ample time for Q & A..

The session will be recorded and a certificate is available for those who attend the livestream and complete a brief survey.

Aug 17, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia
Associate Professor @University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Mejia is an Associate Professor with joint appointment in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. His current work seeks to analyze and describe the assets, tensions, contradictions, and cultural collisions many Latino/a/x students experience in engineering through testimonials. He is particularly interested in approaches that contribute to a more expansive understanding of engineering in sociocultural contexts, the impact of critical consciousness in engineering practice, and the development and implementation of culturally responsive pedagogies in engineering education. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgical engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Utah, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Utah State University.
Susan Letourneau, PhD
Senior Research Associate @New York Hall of Science
Dr, Letourneau collaborates with educators and designers to develop and study museum experiences that emphasize play, exploration, and creative expression as avenues for STEM learning. She has over ten years of experience conducting interdisciplinary research on children's learning and caregiver-child interactions in science centers, children’s museums, and other informal environments, and recently earned an NSF CAREER award for a research-to-practice initiative examining how science centers and museums can recognize and support families’ agency as STEM learners. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brandeis University.
Nicki Sirianni
Education Outreach and Marketing Manager @GBH Education
After many years of working with children as a Therapeutic Mentor and preschool teacher, Nicki received her master’s degree in Child Studies and Human Development with a focus on educational media. Nicki joined the Education Department at GBH in 2018 working both as a member of the marketing team and the outreach team. Currently, Nicki manages the marketing efforts for children’s productions such as Pinkalicious & Peterrific and Molly of Denali. She also continues to help create educational programs such as a new afterschool engineering and invention program called Design Squad Latinx and the civic action program, Youth Stand Up.