Hands-On Introduction to the Engineering Design Process and STEM Education Quality Framework
Presenter: Laura Drager & Mallory Randall
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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:
Laura Drager graduated from Wright State University in 2008 with a master’s degree in Middle Childhood Education and is beginning her 10th year teaching 5th grade science in the West Carrollton City School District. She has served as a Dayton Regional STEM Fellow and Team Lead, where she has contributed by authoring, piloting and editing STEM curriculum.

Mallory Randall, a native of Dayton, is a first-grade teacher at Brookville Local Schools. She holds a M.Ed. in Literacy from the University of Dayton and a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati.  She has served as a research assistant in the Education Department at U.C. and presented a project at the University of Lousiville in 2012. She is also a STEM Fellow through the DRSC.  Mallory is passionate about STEM and Project-Based Learning in the primary grades and adapting curriculum to meet the needs of these engaged learners! She recently attended the Deeper Learning Conference in San Diego, CA to learn new ideas and practices to better equip herself and her colleagues with tools and strategies to spread deeper learning. Mallory is on a mission to inspire other elementary teachers to dive into STEM and PBL.