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Design-Build-Inspire! Training Workshop

Iridescent Design-Build-Inspire! Workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New Venture Hall

Free but registration is required
Training events are hands-on workshops that bring together engineers, teachers and parents to develop engineering design activities for families at local schools.
  • Engineers learn a process to communicate and present science and engineering concepts to children.
  • Engineers work in teams to develop unique, inquiry-based projects that they will conduct with the families in local schools.
  • Teachers assist engineers with information on students’ prior knowledge and applicable standards. 
  • Parents work with teams to coordinate the logistics of Family Science Courses (dinner, materials, handouts, translation and AV equipment).
  • Teams of engineers sign up to teach one evening a week for 2 to 3 weeks of Family Science at their local partner school in end of May and early June.
Iridescent is a national science education non-profit organization that brings exciting, high-quality, hands-on science to underserved children and their parents. Over the past 6 years, they have worked with more than 400 scientists and engineers to communicate their work to more than 13,000 children and parents in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago and the Bay Area.


Workshop Schedule


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Check-in and Meet and Greet
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Iridescent, The Tech and school partners
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. What makes a good engineering design challenge?
Build a sample activity
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Discussion: Evaluate and critique of sample activity
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Create Your Own Content and Challenge – teams will create their own content
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Family Science Course Planning – Teams will outline the multi-week course content and assign members to teach each week
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Elements of a Good Presentation and Classroom Management
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up and Next Steps