Engaging Early Learners in STEM
Presenters: Angela McMurry
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Session Description: 
Are you interested in how to incorporate engineering design into existing thematic units for young learners?  Participants will explore how the presenter incorporated four engineering design experiences into early elementary instruction including the use of outdoor learning to support learner's attainment of ELA and science standards content.  Additionally, the presenter will explain how use of the STEM Education Quality Framework has further informed her instructional decision making to support high-quality STEM Education.  
Presenter Bio:
Kristina Dobberstein is a first grade teacher at Brookville Elementary and has been teaching for the past twelve years.  She received her B.S. in Education from Miami University and later went back to get her Masters Degree through the Project Dragonfly Graduate Program.  There she was able to obtain firsthand experience with inquiry-driven education and environmental stewardship.  Kristina is a compassionate supporter of the environment and is dedicated to informing others on what they can do to help.  She is co-advisor of an after school ecology club that meets with third grade students.  In addition to her conservation efforts, she strives to get her students outdoors in nature as much as possible.  This past school year, she had a wonderful opportunity to become a STEM Fellow.  She is excited to apply what she has learned into the classroom.  Integrating STEM education with environmental education is a natural fit and she is excited about all the possible learning experiences she can provide for her students.