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Public Television and Engineering

Public Television and Engineering Public Television and Engineering It all began back in 1999 with Building Big , a five-part television series and ambitious educational outreach campaign. Partnerships with engineers, informal educators and public television stations

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Public Television and Engineering

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  1. Public Television and Engineering

  2. Public Television and Engineering It all began back in 1999 with Building Big, a five-part television series and ambitious educational outreach campaign. Partnerships with engineers, informal educators and public television stations enabled WGBH to effectively bring hands-on engineering opportunities and related resources to countless kids.

  3. Public Television and Engineering The resounding success of this effort and especially, educators’ and engineers’ outpouring of response to them, inspired WGBH to make a long-term commitment to supporting engineering education. For the past five years, WGBH, with crucial NSF support, has made good on this promise, working onscreen, in classrooms and after-schools programs, with parents, educators, and volunteer engineers to promote young people’s interest and involvement in engineering. The following present an overview of WGBH’s engineering offerings.

  4. Who is WGBH? WGBH, Boston’s public television station, produces 33% of all prime-time PBS programs WGBH builds on the impact of our TV programs with resources for engineers and educators: Companion Web sites (pbs.org) Educator Resources Online professional development courses

  5. The Agenda This presentation highlights six WGBH productions, organized by grade level: Curious George Preschool FETCH! 6- to 9-year-olds ZOOM 6- to 11-year-olds Design Squad 9- to 12-year-olds Building Big 9- to 12-yea- olds Extraordinary Women 14- to 18-year-olds Engineers

  6. Curious George Based on bestselling book series, this preschool series premieres on PBS Fall ‘06 A co-production with Universal, Curious George will: • Nurture children’s innate curiosity • Encourage hands-on exploration • Expose children to the design process

  7. Watch Curious George This is a Quick Time video. Simply click on the image and it should begin to play.

  8. Available Resources Curious George Discovery GuideEarly childhood educators can use this guide to build early science, engineering, and math understanding. Curious George Family Activity Booklet Families can explore engineering through play. Curious George Activity Sheets Easy-to-do activities are great for events and workshops.   PDF’s available in August 2006 at pbskids.org/curiousgeorge

  9. FETCH! Part game show, Part reality TV, Part spoof FETCH! premieres on May 29, 2006 This PBS television show for kids ages 6 to 9 features live action (six real kids) mixed with animation (host Ruff Ruffman) The show focuses on real-world science and engineering

  10. Watch FETCH! This is a Quick Time video. Simply click on the image and it should begin to play.

  11. Available Resources FETCH! Activity GuideEngage kids in FETCH!’s challenges! With options for individual meetings or a 6-week club, kids will be investigating for weeks! FETCH! Challenge SheetsUse these reproducible pages (in English and Spanish) at events, workshops, and exhibits or use them to extend a FETCH! science club. Available June ‘06 Go to pbskidsgo.org/fetch

  12. pbskids.org/fetch Visit the FETCH! preview site. Play some games and watch a clip from the show

  13. ZOOM Popular PBS television show for kids ages 6 to 11 Variety style format features jokes, recipes, & science and engineering Evaluation found: •Children learned and retained knowledge about specific science content •Demonstrated increased use of “Habits of Mind” problem-solving skills

  14. Available Resources ClubZOOM Engineering In this afterschool club, kids invent, build, tinker, and work together to solve ZOOM’s engineering challenges ZOOM Activity Sheets With a collection of over 80 engineering, science, and math activities there is sure to be one that suits your event or workshops. Available in English and Spanish. Available today Go to pbskids.org/zoom

  15. ZOOM Into Engineering Produced in 2002, this ASCE and Dupont Eweek legacy project offers engineers: Activity Guide Six activities help kids strengthen their design process skills CD-Rom Tutorial Learn to work with kids using this 45 minute interactive CD

  16. Design Squad PBS engineering game show for kids ages 9 to13 Premieres February 2007 Each show features 8 contestants & 2 engineers Design Squad will: Increase students’ knowledge of engineering and their design process skills Improve the public image of engineering

  17. Watch Design Squad This is a Quick Time video. Simply click on the image and it should begin to play.

  18. Available Resources • Educator’s Guide Contains 3 engineering challenges for 10-13 year old kids to complete over 12 meetings • Video DVD includes three 5- to 8-minute video clips illustrating challenges • Activity sheets • Provides smaller-scale • challenges for events • and workshops

  19. pbs.org/designsquad • Launching in Feburary 2007, the Web site • will feature: • virtual versions of TV challenges • an online magazine about various • engineering professions • Educators Guide • Activity Sheets • Streaming video

  20. Building Big Produced in 1999 This five-part series on PBS and accompanying outreach campaign: Explains basic physical science principles behind structures Promotes a positive attitude towards civil engineering Demonstrates the impact of civil engineering on society

  21. pbs.org/building big The Web site features: The Labs - Try your hand at our interactive engineering labs Educator’s Guide - Use the hands-on activities in this guide with middle schoolers. Who Builds Big? - Find out what's cool about being an engineer. Wonders of the World - Explore our databank of big structures

  22. Extraordinary Women Engineers A coalition of 55 engineering associations, universities, corporations and WGBH want to know Why are academically-prepared high school girls not choosing engineering?

  23. Consumer Research To answer this question, from June 2004 to January 2005 WGBH conducted qualitative consumer research. We hosted in-person focus and online focus groups reaching over 4,500 girls, Educators, and engineers.

  24. What do high school girls think about engineering? • Engineering is for people who LOVE both math and science • Don’t know what engineering is • Don’t show an interest in the field nor do they think it is “for them.” “Someone who excels in math and science. Likes working out problems and working with other people. Someone who is motivated, dedicated, and who doesn’t mind sitting in a cubical all day.”

  25. What are career motivators for high school girls? Professional interests for high school girls hinge upon relevance—it is rewarding and suggests that the profession is for someone “like me.” Girls wishes for future job: • Enjoyable • Good working environment • To make a difference • Make good income

  26. What messages is the engineering community sending to students? • Engineering is challenging • Stress the importance of superior math and science abilities. “It’s not easy—but if you’re the type who when faced with a problem some would call impossible is even more driven to move mountains to find a solution, then you might have it in you to be an engineer.”

  27. What messages about engineering will resonate with high school students? • Informational stories that tell them more about what the engineering profession entails • Positive personal stories that relate engineering to the lifestyle that they are hoping to obtain

  28. What messages is the engineering community sending to high school students? DISCONNECT: Current messaging about engineering is not aligned with key motivators for students. Neither the emphasis on “curriculum” nor the notion of “a challenge” is relevant for high school girls.

  29. Strategic Recommendations Fundamental shift in the way engineering is portrayed •Facilitate a dialogue within engineering community •Develop and test messages that will resonate with high school girls •Create materials using these tested messages •Create training opportunities and resources for engineers •Create training opportunities and resources for teachers and school counselors

  30. www.engineeringwomen.org To read the full report, visit our web site. While there you can also watch a short video featuring the results.

  31. Questions? Contact: Thea Sahr, Manager Special Initiatives thea_sahr@wgbh.org INVESTING IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

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