Teacher Design Make Code

design make code class

Teachers engage in summer and school year professional learning experiences to integrate computational thinking, engineering design content, and design practices into the science learning activities they implement in their classroom instruction.   

About the Program

The program prepares teachers to implement active, hands-on, and inquiry-based learning to engage all students, especially traditionally underrepresented students in STEM. Teachers develop and share teaching resources for the incorporation of engineering practices in the grades 4-8 curriculum as set forts by national and state curricular standards (NGSS, ISTE, CSTA K-12 CS).

Elementary and middles school teachers, grades 4-8, from public schools in the Manchester School District, including Bakersville, Beech Street, Gossler Park, McDonough, and Wilson, where representation of students eligible for free or reduced lunch is 70% or higher.

Expected Outcomes
  • At least one engineering design challenges/tasks will be incorporated into the curriculum during the school year and 9 or more communications will occur between the teacher and engineering partner(middle school teachers)
  • At least three inquiry-based teaching experiences will be communicated and reflected upon (elementary school teachers)
  • Upon completion of the program, teachers will receive a stipend of $750 each.

Scheduled professional learning activities will take place at the STEM Discovery Lab at 88 Commercial St., Manchester, NH. Classroom activities will take place at the participating schools. 

Summer Learning Experience:

Elementary school teachers participate in the Inquiry Teaching Methods Institute, June 6/28 – 7/1

Middle school teachers participate in the Teacher-Engineer STEM Scholar Academy 

School Year Support and Learning Activities:

Saturday Lab Workshops

Workshop activities include practice and discussion about the incorporation of engineering practices in the classroom. Four undergraduate STEM majors from UNH Manchester make demonstrations of lab materials.

Community of Practice Meetings

  • December 2016 and May 2017, 4-6 pm
  • Share classroom experiences and self-asses progress and challenges

Lab Materials

UNH STEM Discovery Lab Lending Program will provide teachers with computing and engineering lab materials for their classroom activities.

Grade Level Specific Activities

Elementary school teachers share and reflect on their experience teaching an inquiry-based activity (date in October to be determined). Middle school teachers collaborate with their engineer partners. 

  • Sean Tavares, Program Faculty Director, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, UNH Manchester, UNH
  • Baron Richardson, Program Master Teacher, Science teacher, Hillside Middle School
  • Diane Silva Pimentel, TESSA Team Leader and Program Evaluator, Assistant Professor of STEM Education, College of Liberal Arts, UNH
  • Sarah Grosvenor, Inquiry Teaching Methods Team Leader, Field Specialist, Affiliate Specialist STEM Discovery Lab, Cooperative Extension, UNH
  • Jodi Harper, Recruitment Team Leader, Literacy Program Director, Granite United Way

How to Apply

The application requires answering some brief questions about yourself and your background. Please note that there is a limited number of spaces. The deadline for applying is June 15, 2016. Acceptance will be made on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis. Notifications will be sent out no later than June 17. Completed applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed within 24 hours, after which acceptance decisions will be communicated immediately.

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Questions? Please email Mihaela Sabin at mihaela.sabin@unh.edu.


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