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Incorporating the Engineering Design Process into the Classroom

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: 217 BC

Engineering is a natural platform for the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content into classrooms, while sparking creativity among students! Children learn through experiences. Engineering design, by its nature, is an inquiry-based strategy that promotes learning across disciplines. So exactly what is the Engineering Design Process, and how can we incorporate it into a classroom setting? This session shares the steps to the Engineering Design Process and how it links both to the Creative Problem Solving Process used in many gifted programs and to the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants receive lessons that use the Engineering Design Process to use in their classrooms.

Monica Meadows

Doctoral Student / Gifted and Talented Facilitator
University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Jacksonville North Pulaski School District

Monica Meadows is in her tweleth year of teaching. She has expericence teaching various high school science classes, high school talented and gifted seminar classes, middle school gifted and talented pull-out classes, elementary gifted and talented pull-out classes, and elementary enrichment classes. She has also taught for several years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Summer Laureate University for Youth program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with Social Studies emphasis with a minor in Physics from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Masters of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Monica is continuing her education, pursuing a Doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with an emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she is also an adjunct instructor.

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Kristy Kidd

Project Director, STEM Starters+
Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education

Kristy Kidd is the STEM Starters+ Director, a Jacob K. Javits research and demonstration project, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kristy has 21 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school science in the Little Rock Public Schools. She has also served as a building gifted and talented facilitator for the Little Rock Schools, an adjunct professor of early childhood science methods for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and most recently as the k-12 math and science specialist for the eStem Public Charter Schools. She is the recipient of the Milken National Educator Award which honors top educators around the country for their achievements in education. Kristy is also a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the recipient of the Arkansas Museum of Discovery SPARK! Star Award which honors Arkansans who have been influential in STEM fields.

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