March 2023 Newsletter

Topics of Interest for Readers

Potential New e4usa Members
Read about how to apply to become a part of e4usa for the 2023-2024 academic year!
All Readers
Check out our e4usa partnership spotlight of this month!
Check out some photos from recent gatherings of the e4usa community!
"e4usa has a lot of very effective and easy-to-implement curricula and resources that will greatly benefit your students and faculty. You don’t have to start from scratch or do it alone. The community and support you will receive from e4usa are outstanding and enriching to your students and faculty."

-Dr. David Olawale
e4usa University Liaison, University of Indianapolis

e4usa 2023-2024 Applications are Still Open!

View the e4usa Informational Webinar 2023, above, for more information!

Early bird registration due April 1, 2023!

As e4usa moves towards sustainability post-NSF funding, we have launched our own not-for-profit company!  This summer the company will be hosting New Teacher PD and we are excited to welcome new teachers.  These teachers participate in Summer PD and other PD sessions, receive yearlong coaching, gain access to our MyDesign platform, and join our Community of Practice.  They will not be joining e4usa research. New Teacher PD costs $1400. Please share this information broadly and encourage more teachers to join us!

Details to Apply, Here!
New Design Project Starting at the VITAL School
Above are the current room signs at the VITAL school. However, they inherited the older building in the district and nothing has been updated. For their module three group project, the school principal wants the e4usa students to design, laser engrave, and hand in all new signage! 

e4usa Partnership Spotlight

e4usa University Liaison Name: Dr. David Olawale
Your university: University of Indianapolis
e4usa partner high school and teacher: Decatur Central High School, Toni Ehmen
What is your favorite role as an e4usa university liaison?
"The opportunity to encourage, mentor and inspire the students as they work on different projects and learn the application of engineering."
What has been your favorite e4usa project so far?  Why?
"The Indianapolis Kangaroo toy project. The students were applying what they learned from Ms. Toni Ehmen using the e4usa curriculum and applying it to solve a real-life problem that will keep the Kangaroos safe and entertained so that guests to the zoo can also have a great experience. I was encouraged by the creativity and diligence the student teams demonstrated. These are the kinds of students we are looking for at the R B Annis School of Engineering."
Read More, Here!
e4usa Teacher Name: Toni Ehmen   
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
e4usa High School: Decatur Central High School
What advice would you offer to new e4usa teachers? 
"As a new teacher to e4usa, don’t be afraid to ask questions to your university liaison, mentor, or anyone from e4usa.  Use what information you already know to build upon the content."
Describe the relationship that your university liaison has with your classroom. How have they impacted student learning?
"I truly appreciate David’s willingness to come in and work with students.  Students stop and listen and participate with each other but with David too.  We have done some online interactions for presentations.   David is so positive when working with students and they appreciate him."
Read More, Here!
Recent e4usa Community Gatherings
e4usa teacher, Dave Eisenberg, hosted by his faculty liaison, Josh Cocker, at the University of Maryland!

During the March Happy Hour, we played “Tell us you’re an engineer, without telling us you’re an engineer.”  We learned about Jon Lauter’s background and saw his collection of computers, even one that has an original floppy drive!

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