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Tuesday, July 20 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout Option A: Argument-Driven Engineering

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This session is an introduction to a new approach to STEM instruction called Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE). ADE is an instructional model that gives students an opportunity to learn to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and mathematics to figure out a solution to a problem that will help make the world a better place. This instructional approach also gives students an opportunity to use disciplinary literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in the service of sense-making because they must obtain information, share and critique potential solutions through talk, and communicate what they figured out and how they know the solution is acceptable through writing. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADE instructional model, and how teachers can use this model to create lessons that allow students to become “knowers and doers” of STEM. Participants will also have a chance to experience an example of an ADE design challenge that invites them to design a new shipping and storage container for insulin and see examples of how students who completed this design challenge used science, engineering, and mathematics ideas and practices to figure out how to keep insulin cold without electricity for at least 24 hours. Participants will also learn about how this new approach was developed through three years of classroom-based research by a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and how well ADE instructional materials are aligned with current standards in science, mathematics, and ELA. 

The agenda for the presentation is:
• A discussion of “what counts” as STEM and a design challenge (5 minutes)
• An overview of the ADE instructional model with opportunities for participants to experience different stages as students would (40 minutes)
• Overview of the research on ADE and examples of what students create during a design challenge (5 minutes)
• Alignment of the ADE instructional model with national standards (5 minutes)
• Questions and suggestions for learning more (5 minutes) 

The presentation will give teachers an opportunity to participate in the same sort of rich, and meaningful learning that current academic standards require. Such learning places the focus squarely on the nature of instruction. It is rooted in ongoing, active experiences that will prompt teachers to expand their content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and examine their beliefs about teaching and learning. The presenter, therefore, will guide the participants in a series of focused, small-group activities that are structured like a typical day’s lesson using the ADE instructional models, allowing teachers to experience instruction as student do in a classroom.

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Vic Sampson

Associate Professor of STEM Education, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Victor Sampson is an Associate Professor of STEM Education at the University of Texas in Austin. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2007 and is an expert in STEM education, education theory and practice, educational research, and the development of new instructional... Read More →

Tuesday July 20, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT