Hands-On Introduction to the Engineering  Design Process and STEM Education Quality Framework

Presenters: Laura Drager & Kim Lykens
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Session Description: 
Careers in STEM fields are growing in demand at an ever-increasing rate and by 2018, 92% of STEM careers will require post-secondary education. As a community of educators (formal or informal), administrators and industry professionals, we must focus on engaging young people in STEM learning experiences to fill this national need. In this session, learn how to define quality STEM education using the STEM Education Quality Framework, evolve existing curriculum, and incorporate hands-on engineering design challenges using free STEM resources.
Presenters Bios:
Laura Drager graduated from Wright State University in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education and is beginning her ninth year teaching 5th grade science in the West Carrollton City School District. She has served as a Dayton Regional STEM Fellow or Team Lead since 2013, where she has contributed by authoring, piloting, and editing STEM curriculum. 

Kim Lykens graduated from Wittenberg University in 2014 with a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education.  She is beginning her third year of teaching at Stebbins High School in Mad River Local School District teaching biology and zoology to 10th-12th grade students.  Kim has served one year as a Dayton Regional STEM Fellow collaborating on high school STEM curriculum and has participated in several STEM-focused research internships and conferences across the country.