E3: Engineering Education Ecosystem

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Building Engineers Together

The Engineering Education Ecosystem (E3) is a partnership between the University of Delaware’s (UD) College of Engineering and secondary STEM educators to expand and diversify the engineering talent pipeline. E3 focuses exclusively on high school STEM teachers and their students and provides K12 partners with direct access to UD’s resources, including faculty and on-campus facilities.

Professional Learning

E3 hosts day-long and week-long professional learning opportunities on-site at University of Delaware. These programs are tailored for high school Science, Math, and CTE teachers who want to integrate engineering design and theory into their existing curriculum. PL sessions are aligned to applicable K-12 learning standards and include recommendations for classroom implementation.

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Day-Long Workshops

Day-long PL sessions focus on specific pedagogical techniques, technical skills, and disciplinary knowledge relevant to high school engineering education. Day-long workshops are offered during University of Delaware’s Winter Session (Jan-Feb) and Summer Session (June-Aug). Example courses include:

  • Computer Aided Design Basics
  • Facilitating Team-Based Projects
  • Experimental Design & Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering
  • Hands-On Learning in Biomedical Engineering

Week-Long Workshops

Week-long workshops provide in-depth professional learning opportunities that focus on designing, implementing, and evaluating engineering curriculum into high school Science, Math, and CTE courses. Two different week-long workshops are offered annually during University of Delaware’s Summer Session (June-Aug).

  • (DxD) Design of Design: This workshop focuses on the engineering product design process and may be of particular interest to Physics, Physical Science, and Engineering CTE teachers. Participants gain a working knowledge of the engineering product design process through hands-on projects in an engineering makerspace, and they develop unique engineering design challenges tailored to their own classroom practice.
  • (ET) Engineering Thinking: The ET workshop is centered on engineering estimation, mathematical and conceptual modeling, and systems-level thinking. The course may be of particular interest to Math, Chemistry, Integrated Science, and Environmental Science teachers who are looking to integrate engineering concepts into their courses. Participants will engage in real-world systems-level design challenges in chemical and environmental engineering and modify or create curriculum of their own that aligns to their course learning objectives.

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Resources for Teachers

E3 supports the development and dissemination of impactful, standards-aligned curriculum that recruits and retains students in the K12 engineering talent pipeline. This resource page contains links to lesson plans, programs of study, and other teacher resources that align with the E3mission and philosophy.

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Program Advisement

E3 matches engineering faculty with local high schools to provide content expertise and support in developing K-12 engineering courses, extracurricular clubs, and advising young engineers. Faculty are assigned by school or school district and may serve in formal advisory roles (e.g., CTE advisory boards) and/or informally as points of contact for teachers and administrators with questions about pre-college engineering.

Upcoming Events

Engineering Thinking (ET) | POSTPONED

Engineering Thinking (ET) | POSTPONED

This week-long workshop is centered on engineering estimation, mathematical and conceptual modeling, and systems-level thinking. The course may be of particular interest to Math, Chemistry, Integrated Science, and Environmental Science teachers who are looking to...

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Design of Design (DxD) | POSTPONED

Design of Design (DxD) | POSTPONED

This week-long workshop focuses on the engineering product design process and may be of particular interest to Physics, Physical Science, and Engineering CTE teachers. Participants gain a working knowledge of the engineering product design process through hands-on...

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