Archive: NSTA Author Series: Using Daily Life Probes to Uncover Students' Ideas in Engineering & Technology, December 9, 2020

In this web seminar, participants will learn how to use purposefully designed, engaging questions to elicit and address students’ commonly held ideas about core concepts and practices in engineering and technology.   

Participants will learn: 1) how formative assessment probes reveal students' ideas about engineering and technology, including common misconceptions and stereotypes about engineers; 2) how to embed the engineering and technology probes into instruction; 3) how the engineering and technology probes support disciplinary core ideas and practices; and 4)  how the probes can be integrated into activities at home in this time of distance learning.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "Amazing session! The E = 5c's Compassion, Curiosity, Creativity, Commitment, Careful = Engineering"
  • "I learned from Page the 10 probe characteristics and liked the tips. Cary inspired me to get my students talking by using probes. Mihir defined the purpose of science and engineering in a very clear way."
  • "Super to hear from the authors. Great implementation ideas!"

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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