July 2020 Newsletter

Watch this short video to hear E4USA Principal Investigator and UMD President Darryll Pines discuss E4USA's two main goals.
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Remote Teaching Resources
The current pandemic has changed a lot in the world of education. Here are some tools our e4usa educators are using to make virtual teaching and learning easier. Feel free to share the resources or tips you have!
EdPuzzle: A way to make videos into lessons that are self-paced but hold students accountable. You can store up to 20 video lessons on the free account!
Tinkercad: "A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!"
Wakelet: A great way to organize information from across the internet and share with others. It is free! STEM curriculum provided by University of Colorado Boulder and NSF with many at-home project ideas!
Screencastify: Free to add on chrome, use to record, edit, and share videos!
Padlet: An application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. You can try a free trial! 
Submit other suggestions here!

Professional Development Completed!

"Marathon" Group Shot
e4usa is delighted to welcome 30 new high school teachers for the 2020-2021 school year! As part of the onboarding process, e4usa offers a summer of professional development (PD) workshops to prepare new teachers to implement our curriculum. This summer, our PD was 100% virtual! Through either our "marathon" 4-week workshop series or our condensed 1-week “sprint” version, we met virtually with our new teachers to review our E4USA learning objectives, termed “threads”, and introduce them to our curriculum. Teachers also spent time in small group meetings with our university partners, planning out collaborations for the upcoming year. We can't wait to see what they do in the classroom! To learn more about the E4USA curriculum and our signature course threads, visit our website.
I have grown as an engineering educator through E4USA's training by acknowledging that education for a student goes beyond subject teaching practices and includes an analysis and acknowledgment of the students as individual beings. 

I can also see how important and effective it will be to go through this process with other educators. In the past, I have taken it upon myself to create a curriculum. E4USA's project should be far more thorough than that, and therefore, better for the students.

-Jonathan Salmeron
e4usa Teacher at 
North Miami Senior High School, FL
e4usa New Teacher Corner
Name: Amanda Jones
e4usa High School: Riverdale High School in Smyrna, TN

What are your hopes and goals for implementation next year?  
"I am so excited about bringing these activities to my classroom. This program has given me great ideas, and more importantly, confidence to bring these lessons to my class and know the true value they have. The rubrics are so useful. My kids are going to love having these performance details to work off."
Hear more from Amanda

Hear it from the e4usa classroom

Name: Kate Pezzano
Hometown: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 
e4usa High School: Student at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School 

What are your plans for next academic year?
"I will be attending Temple University, majoring in engineering."

What was your favorite e4usa project this past year? Why?
"My favorite project this year was creating a Key Guard for a student at Whitemarsh Elementary who has non-verbal autism. I saw able to see the device in use that two of my classmates and I made for the student. That was special to me. I felt like I made a difference in the student's life."

Hear more from Kate
Co-Director, Co-PI of e4usa Presenting at
NSTA Inaugural STEM20: Virtual Event, July 27–30, 2020.
Presenter(s): Stacy Klein-Gardner (Vanderbilt University)
FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
SCIENCE FOCUS: Engineering (10)
Session ID #30850
ASEE Session: Engineering For Us All (E4USA)
July 29, 2020, 02:47 PM - 03:27 PM EDT
Learn more about the inclusive new NSF-funded introductory high school engineering course called Engineering For Us All (E4USA). We'll share one of our hands-on design activities!
Takeaways: Participants will be able to describe the E4USA program and its objectives and know how to participate in the future. Participants will learn to recognize engineering around them. Participants will leave with a hands-on activity that they can use in their classroom—the redesign of a shoe.  
Register for the NSTA STEM20 Forum here!
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Engineering for US All (e4usa) is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award Number 1849430. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering.

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