Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy. As part of Novel Engineering, students develop projects based on literature, such as texts they read in English Language Arts, Social Studies, or other content classes. The characters become their clients and students pull information from the text to scope problems and set constraints as they engage in engineering design. Teachers play a pivotal role in supporting their students’ engagement by providing a supportive, responsive environment that will allow students to build on their ideas as they work on complex, ill-defined problems. Instead of prescribing a particular solution or process for students, we believe that teaching engineering involves listening to, understanding, and responding to student thinking. Design is about realizing the ideas of individuals and Novel Engineering gives students the space to explore their ideas through design projects as they work on classroom goals. We're welcoming classroom teachers, specialists, and librarians targeted at the K-8 level who are interested in learning how to integrate literacy and engineering design challenges.
This one day professional development workshop will consist of three main strands. This session includes a Novel Engineering workbook, lesson creation support, and an online follow-up session in May.
-Engaging teachers in engineering by having them work through Novel Engineering activities
-Looking at video of students’ engaged in Novel Engineering activities to understand what NE looks like in a classroom and to identify the beginning of engineering in an integrated activity
-Planning Novel Engineering units for the classroom
This course will be facilitated by Dr. Amber Kendall from The Engineering Place at NC State University. For more information about Novel Engineering, see our website at http://www.novelengineering.org.