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Wyoming Educators to Attend Engineering Workshops

July 8, 2016
Robotics will be the focus of two educator workshops next week at UW.
Robotics and technology will be featured in two educator workshops next week at UW.

A newly developed program will introduce Wyoming educators to engineering concepts next week at the University of Wyoming.

Hosted by the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and College of Education, the first annual Engineering Summer Program for Teachers (ESP4T) takes place on the UW campus. Serving 48 teachers from around the state, the first session will be July 13-15, with additional workshops to follow. CEAS K-14 Program Coordinator Teddi Hofmann says the program is designed to support teachers in implementing engineering into their curriculums.

“We are excited for the arrival of the participants and look forward to working with them to foster creativity and innovation in the classroom,” Hofmann says.

The pilot program focuses on electrical and computer engineering. Participants will learn how to build and program electronic projects based on the Arduino, a widely used microcontroller for beginner and advanced users. The participants will also learn how to program Raspberry Pi, a low-cost credit-card sized computer that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Python and Scratch.

The only requirement for participants is “an excitement for learning, an imagination for dreaming up cool projects and a desire to bring engineering to the classroom,” Hofmann says.

Due to overwhelming interest, two programs will be offered. The first session is July 13-15 at UW, followed by a session Oct. 16 in Casper and another in Laramie on Feb. 25. The second program is at UW from July 20-22, with two follow-up workshops with dates and locations to be announced. Registration for all the sessions is closed.

Each participant will be awarded $1,500 to be divided into two payments, with lodging and meals provided. Materials for classroom implementation also will be provided.

CEAS Hosts Counselors

In a separate event taking place July 14, the CEAS will host a group of high school guidance counselors to educate them about the abundant opportunities available at UW. The daylong event will feature staff and faculty from the college, along with technical demonstrations for the counselors in attendance.

Event facilitators from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include Professor Suresh Muknahallipatna, Associate Professor Robert F. Kubichek, Associate Lecturer Jeffrey Anderson and Hofmann. The goal of the workshop is to educate the counselors about the undergraduate opportunities and research activities in engineering at UW. The counselors will have a chance to meet with several college personnel, including CEAS Dean Michael Pishko, who will provide an introduction.

Individual departments from the CEAS will have the opportunity to highlight their fields with demonstrations from 10:15-11:50 a.m.

The electrical and computer engineering department will take the lead in demonstrations, including robotic capabilities, sensors and visualizations and unmanned aerial vehicles from 2:30-4 p.m.

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