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MCLA to Offer Engineering and Technology Workshop to Local Elementary School Educators

04/17/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in collaboration with the Museum of Science in Boston, will offer a day-long introduction to engineering and technology workshop for local elementary school educators on Thursday, April 25, in Murdock Hall room 218 on the MCLA campus, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free workshop, which is supported through a National Science Foundation (NSF)/Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grant, is open to area teachers, curriculum coordinators, and science and technology specialists who work with elementary school students.

According to Dr. Monica Joslin, MCLA's dean of academic affairs, "This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based STEM curriculum which teaches students problem solving and reasoning skills as they work on projects."

Teachers will develop their own understanding of engineering and technology and how to integrate it into their already full curriculum. In addition, participants will explore engineering and technology through the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, which is aligned with both state and federal standards.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Educators who attend will receive a free EiE teacher guide and a certificate of attendance.

Space is limited to 24 participants, with priority given to those schools and districts which support MCLA pre-practicum and practicum students. To sign up for the workshop or for more information, e-mail Dr. Nick Stroud, n.stroud@mcla.edu.