Click2Engineering Community of Practice
This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for out of school time (OST) educators. Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities!
Online meetings will include learning, working with materials, reflection, and sharing your ideas with others. You will grow your understanding of engineering and increase your confidence and ability to lead engineering sessions with youth. Professional development activities will include:
- Designing and building a prototype to solve a specific problem using common materials.
- Practice reflecting on engineering experiences.
- Watching brief videos of youth engineering activities and discussing.
- Co-developing engineering experiences relevant to youth’s interests.
This community of practice is a component of Click2Engineering, an asynchronous, module-based online professional development program for after-school educators. Click2Engineering is currently in development, in collaboration with leading engineering education researchers Dr. Christine Cunningham (Penn State University) and Dr. Merredith Portsmore (Tufts University). Participants in this community of practice get to be a part of developing future learning experiences and will have special access to existing Click2Engineering resources, including new curriculum and one-on-one coaching opportunities!
Best suited for program staff: teachers, afterschool educators, site leaders, and staff trainers who are new to leading engineering activities, or for those who have some experience and want to strengthen their engineering teaching skills.
The Click2Engineering Community of Practice will meet on the following dates:
1. September 21st 2:00 – 3:30PM ET: Using a Systematic Engineering Design Process
2. October 5th 2:00 – 3:30PM ET: Consider Real World Problems
3. October 19th 2:00 – 3:30PM ET: Evaluate Designs and Iterate
4. November 2nd 2:00 – 3:00PM ET: Persist and Learn from Failure
About Click2Science / Click2Engineering
Welcome to Click2Engineering – a website to designed to transform out-of-school time engineering education and support professional learning for educators. You will find resources to help you and your staff understand engineering and lead authentic engineering experiences for youth.
Under “Learning Activities” you will find vetted, high-quality, engaging and authentic engineering activities for youth. These activities were selected to support youth engagement in practices to develop an engineering mindset. While we provide suggested age ranges for each activity, most can be readily adapted for a different age group.
“Practices for an Engineering Mindset” is a framework developed by Dr. Christine Cunningham, and represents ways that engineers think and work (i.e., practices). These practices help youth understand engineering and develop an engineering mindset. In this section, you will learn about this framework, the ten engineering practices, and how to incorporate or highlight these practices in experiences for youth.
In the “Training Staff” section, program leaders can find information and resources to use in training their staff (team). You will also find information on Click2Engineering-facilitated communities of practice and other training opportunities from Click2Engineering. Our team is happy to work with you to develop customized training for your team that can be delivered in-person or virtually.
In the Blog section of the site, you’ll find articles about new resources and current topics in engineering education.
Click2Engineering is the newest site to join the Click2Science family of resources designed to support out-of-school time learning.
Click2SciencePD, developed by Nebraska Extension with funding from the Noyce Foundation, provides online STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time trainers and coaches supporting frontline staff or volunteers working directly with youth. The Click2Science blended professional development model uses a variety of ongoing professional development experiences to improve the instructional skills of OST professionals while facilitating STEM learning experiences. Click2Science offers resources including staff development guides webinars, and self-directed web lessons approved for professional development requirements in 42 states.