TESSA Academy forms a relationship between the engineering profession and middle school education on a personal level to promote engineering problem solving based on fundamental math and science principles and practices.
Educational teams of practicing engineers with a pair of middle school teachers (math and science) were created to support the development and integration of engineering education standards in the middle school classroom. Teams are composed of at least two middle school teachers from the same school and practicing engineers interested in promoting engineering as a field of study and profession. TESSA is now in its 3rd year and 2017-2018 will be a booster year for current participants.
Scheduled professional learning activities will take place at the STEM Discovery Lab at 88 Commercial Street in Manchester, NH. Classroom activities will take place at the participating schools.
Teachers meet and collaborate with a team of engineers that will serve as a resource throughout the school year.
Workshop activities include practice and discussion about the incorporation of engineering practices in the classroom.
UNH STEM Discovery Lab Lending Program will provide teachers with computing and engineering lab materials for their classroom activities.
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