Developing Inquiring Minds
Presenter: Megan Federer, PhD & Rori Leath
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Session Description: 
Discover how to enrich learning experiences by linking everyday objects with artifacts through object-based learning. Develop and expand PreK and Elementary STEM skills, including critical thinking, observation, measurement, and data collection, while engaging with real-world objects. Participants will explore object-based learning using a variety of artifacts, including fossil reproductions, hand-blown glass art, and much more!
Presenter Bio:
Meghan joined The Works team in August, 2015. Meghan was previously a part of The Ohio State University’s Department of Teaching and Learning and Center for Life Science Education where she taught introductory biology and worked with pre-service teachers in math and science. Originally an arachnologist and cave ecologist, she has her BS in Biology and Psychology from Alma College and her MS in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University. Meghan’s love for teaching and her focus on understanding student learning began in graduate school where she shifted focus to explore how students construct meaning during their explanation of complex scientific concepts. During this time, she received her MS and PhD Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University. During her time at The Works she has focused on developing a Young Women in STEM partnership and expanding program offerings for middle and high school students.