Hands-On Engineering Design for YOUR Elementary Classroom

Presenter: Angela McMurry
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Session Description: 
PreK--4 teacher attendees will discover how to easily adopt concepts from the Ohio Learning Standards for Science Cognitive Demand of “Technological and Engineering Design." This session will challenge teachers to assist their students in: Identifying problems and potential technological/engineering solutions; understanding the design process; understanding the goals of physical, informational and bio-related technologies; and understanding how physical technologies impact humans. Furthermore, attendees will receive a list of current trade books that could be used for further engaging students in the engineering design process.
Presenter Bio:
After spending 10 years in the classroom, teaching everything from 5th grade to High School AP Biology, Angela McMurry currently serves as the Science Curriculum Coordinator at the Darke County Educational Service Center.  In this role, she enjoys the privilege of working with PreK-12 teachers in the eight school districts the Darke County office serves. Additionally, she has consulted and facilitated programming for over 200 school districts throughout the state of Ohio on the topic of science curriculum development and its implementation.  In her current role as a Believe in Ohio Advocate and Darke County Science Day Co-Director, she has been instrumental in implementing vital new programming to inspire Ohio's students to pursue careers in STEM, thus impacting the future success of Ohio's economy.  As a member of the Ohio Math/Science Coalition and the Ohio Department of Education's Network of Regional Leaders, I also communicate with state legislators and policy makers regarding educational mandates and policies currently impacting our students and classrooms.  She is a firm believer that students discover the physical world around them best by getting outside.  As a member of the Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Board and creator of the LIGHT Project, Angela has an opportunity to collaborate with students, teachers, and the communities in which they live to see that this happens on a regular basis.  Angela is a dedicated educator and proud mom of two science-loving boys.