The Children's Engineering Convention has three major components: 1)
staff development for K-5 teachers focusing on strategies that assist
children to create, use and control technology, 2) teacher demonstrations
of techniques for infusing design, engineering, and technology
activities into the Standards of Learning, and 3) a showcase of
technology-based educational resources. In addition to the special
interest sessions/workshops, other opportunities will include
educational vendor exhibits and keynote speakers during each general
Participants will experience engineering and technology-based activities
that contribute to the development of technological awareness. Workshop
highlights will focus on experiences that enable children to:
- explore how people create, use, and control technology
- apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, and history and social sciences in solving problems associated with design, engineering and technology; and
- use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.
Participants will receive ten (10) re-certification points for full participation in the convention, when the participants have prior approval from their school administration.
Join us and:
- Explore teaching strategies for integrating Children’s Engineering into your existing curriculum.
- Reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning through hands-on designing, building, and problem solving activities.
- Attend workshops conducted by experienced K-5 classroom teachers.
- Network with teachers who share your interest in the need for every child to study and use technology.
- Visit educational exhibits and examine available materials from technology vendors.
Learn how Children’s Engineering promotes:
- Virginia Standards of Learning best practices
- National Standards (Mathematics, Science, Technology, etc.)
- Critical and creative thinking
- Problem solving
- Hands-on learning
- Decision making
- Cooperative learning skills
- Differentiated instruction
- Motivated and self-confident learners
- Mastery of individual learning styles of children, including the needs of gifted and special needs populations
Superintendents, Central Office Specialists, Principals:
- Be a visible and supportive presence to teachers
- Network with other central and school based leaders
- Secure ideas on ways to implement and sustain Children's Engineering
- Learn methods to elevate Standards of Learning while equipping students with 21st century skills
- Discover resources to collaborate and coordinate mentoring, teaching, speaking and modeling opportunities by trained and experienced Children's Engineering teachers
- Secure a myriad of resources to enhance new and existing K-5 instructional practices