K-12 Outreach

Engineering the Future: A Workshop for High School Teachers

  • Suzette R. Burckhard (South Dakota State University)
  • Judy Vondruska (South Dakota State University)
  • Kenneth Emo (University of Minnesota-Morris)
  • Stephen Gent (South Dakota State University)
  • Erin Cortus (South Dakota State University)
  • Christopher Hay (South Dakota State University)
  • Zach Gutzmer (South Dakota State University)


The framework guiding the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) identifies eight science and engineering principles essential for all students to learn. The Engineering the Future workshop, offered by South Dakota State University (SDSU) in the summer of 2012, focused on helping teachers better understand those principles and how to employ them effectively in their classrooms. Each day of the week-long workshop, teachers participated in a variety of engineering-related activities, accessed low and high-end instrumentation, took tours of engineering-related facilities in the region, and developed lesson plans to incorporate what they learned into their science classrooms. We used pre- and postworkshop surveys to assess the participants’ understanding and attitudes regarding science and engineering. Results of the survey showed participants had a narrow view of engineering prior to the workshop but by the end of the workshop, they were more aware of the nature of engineering, the various types of engineering, and they better understood how they could incorporate engineering principles into their current curriculum.

How to Cite:

Burckhard, S. R. & Vondruska, J. & Emo, K. & Gent, S. & Cortus, E. & Hay, C. & Gutzmer, Z., (2014) “Engineering the Future: A Workshop for High School Teachers”, 2014 ASEE North Midwest Section Conference 2014(1), 1-12. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/aseenmw2014.1032

Rights: Copyright © 2014, Suzette R. Burckhard, Judy Vondruska, Kenneth Emo, Stephen Gent, Erin Cortus, Christopher Hay, and Zach Gutzmer

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Published on
17 Oct 2014
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