Session Workshops

Track 5 — Workshops

12:30 PM — 1:30 PM EST
Mar 13 Sat, 12:30 PM — 1:30 PM EST

Creating Community Support for Mathematics Literacy

Lauren Siegel (MathHappens Foundation, USA)

MathHappens Foundation plans to launch a post covid one year mathematics education campaign that includes partnering with libraries and other centers of community education including museums, cultural centers, and nature centers. We will also continue to place mathematics in the newspaper, continue to support the work of other public projects.

Pursuit of a One year multi- pronged Strategy in Libraries
Create theme or concept take home kits that contain a hands on activity and book or mathematics games.
After Covid:
1) Fund in-person learning with a Mathematics help desk open to any member of the community, two days per week serving k-12 students their parents and caregivers and others.
2) Place critical models and exhibits like platonic solids, a unit circle display, and pythagorean puzzles and more in libraries
3) Create, staff and deliver regular family programming on mathematics topics by theme.
4) Advocate for and support with $ schools that reach out to and collaborate with their community to improve public math literacy.
Strategy for Museums
Collaborate with museums to add mathematics connections to labeling and exhibit presentations as well as usual public programs. Sponsor mathematics field trips.
We need more opportunities to learn mathematics, caregivers and parents need to learn and we have to ask ourselves how we can encourage curiosity, enthusiasm to learn and the positive attitudes we will need to make up for lost learning and approach the future with confidence.

Aligning Secondary Programs to the Framework for P-12 Engineering Learning

Tanner J Huffman (The College of New Jersey & Advancing Excellence in P-12 Engineering Education, USA); Greg Strimel (Purdue University, USA); Amy Sabarre (Harrisonburg City Public Schools, USA); Michael Grubbs (Baltimore County Public Schools, USA); Jamie Gurganus (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)

The recently released Framework for P-12 Engineering Learning ( was developed through a synergistic collaboration of teachers, school administrators, and researchers alongside the leaders of the Advancing Excellence in P-12 Engineering Education (AE3) research collaborative and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The framework provides practical guidance by identifying common P-12 engineering learning goals that all students should reach to become engineering literate. The Framework aims to add structure and coherence to the P-12 engineering community by serving as a foundation for the development of any and all engineering programs in schools, informing state and national standards-setting efforts, and providing the research community with a common "starting point" to better investigate and understand P-12 engineering learning. During the development of the Framework, two large and diverse school systems, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD) and Harrisonburg City Public Schools (VA), worked alongside the research team to implement, align, trial, and provide feedback on the preliminary Engineering Literacy Expectations and Engineering Performance Matrices for high school learners ( This workshop will introduce participants to (1) content presented in the Framework (e.g. engineering habits of mind, practices, and knowledge), the framework development process, and framework resources; as well as (2) the implementation models each district used, how they garnered teacher and school-level administration buy in, and what areas to focus on to institute transformative change. This workshop is best suited for P-12 teachers of STEM education, school and district level administrators, and researchers interested in investigating engineering learning in P-12 schools.

Application of the System Development Life Cycle Model (SDLC) to Everyday Tasks

Gennaro Avvento (Gennaro J. Avvento Technical Services LLC & Lockheed Martin (Retired), USA)

Overview of Workshop Concept

This workshop is inspired by our work in improve team performance using lesson learned techniques from industry and adaptation of the SE SDLC concepts to the BEST robotic competitions.

The workshop will consist of three session, each building on each other. Three key sessions initiatives are part of look at demonstrating the value of system engineering and in particular SDLC concepts to educators, and its use in everyday problem. Specifically, these initiatives are:

Session 1. (30 minutes) SE Foundation Workshop
In this workshop we teach the participant about the concept of thinking like systems engineer and to the concepts of systems engineering - in terms that they can understand and relate towards. This solid baseline will be the basis for the introduction of the value of system engineering thinking in everyday classroom activities, not just for use on specific engineering problems. This workshop is based on the concept of teaching the teachers first, and for them to introduce the concepts of systems engineering to their students; The content of the workshop will provide an overarching introduction to systems and systems engineering thinking

Session 2. (30minutes) Application of the SDLC to Practical Problems
In this workshop we will introduce participants to the value of using the SDLC model to address many everyday problems. i.e., Creating a book report, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, taking a trip. These examples will emphasize the SDLC thinking pattern.

Session 3. (30 minutes) Application of the SDLC towards Selected Problems
This section will discuss how to tailor the SDLC to a unique set of tasks. Each participant will select a set of tasks or small project and tailor the SDLC to fit their needs. The instructor will coach the participants when help is needed. Each participant will walkthrough their adapted SDLC to the session participants.

Presenters; Gennaro J Avvento, is a Lockheed Martin Technical Fellow Emeritus (Retired). He holds an Expert Systems Engineering Professional Certification from the International Council of System Engineers (INCOSE). Mr. Avvento is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He holds advanced degrees from University of Houston Clear Lake, West Chester University Pennsylvania and Stevens Institute Technology NJ. He is President and CEO of G.J. Avvento Technical Services. LLC

Eric V. Sudano, is a Lockheed Martin Computer System Architect (Retired) He holds a Lockheed Martin Information System Architect Certification. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (1972) and a M.S. Applied Mathematics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1974). He is President and CEO of E.V. Sudano Systems Solutions LLC.

Practical Physical Computing in these unprecedented times of COVID

Shubhendu Das (SteamWorks)

Two simple Arduino applications: 1) A simple zero touch Sanitizer dispenser; 2) A wearable badge for anyone to detect/warn when proximity within 1.5m.

STEM, STEAM and STREAM Education

Naresh Chand


Session Chair

To Be Determined

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