A hands on workshop by Museum of Science, Boston using their ‘Engineering is Elementary’ curriculum kits – detailing how such kits are created adhering to engineering process. They develop these kits with an aim of engaging a broad range of students (from preschool to grade 10). Audience will get to understand how real-world engineering problems can be solved using a creative engineering process.
Annette Sawyer is the Vice President of Education and Enrichment Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Annette leads the team that provides all programs for the Museum’s visitors, including Live Presentations, Exhibit Hall Interpretation, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, School Field Trips, Traveling Programs, the Clubhouse Network, Youth Programs, Overnights, Teacher Professional Development, Adult Programs, Forum, and Summer Courses. Annette has spoken at national conferences on topics concerning bringing business practices to revenue generating programs in museums. She is also a Lecturer at Tufts University teaching Engineering Leadership to undergraduate engineering majors, and brings that expertise to mentoring the next generation of leaders at the Museum of Science. Prior to joining the Museum of Science, Annette spent 21 years in the private sector, including 18 years at Polaroid Corporation. Annette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Boston University. She lives in Arlington, and has a daughter Rose who volunteered and interned at the Museum during her high school career, providing Annette with firsthand knowledge of how the Museum’s Youth Programs build young leaders.
Pete Sobel has been involved in developing and implementing education policy, professional development, community outreach and developing strategic partners and resources to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and research in the United States and around the world for over thirty years. He began his career working to improve access to education for underserved and underrepresented students as an Aide in the United States Senate. Later he led initiatives to partner with multi-national corporations, government ministries and philanthropic foundations to with Yale, Columbia and Rutgers Universities to collaborate on and fund innovative scientific academic research and STEM educational initiatives for young children. He managed a $1.5M USD National Science Foundation grant to engage and train parents in poor urban areas to support their children in mathematics. Pete later led efforts for the 450,000 member IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) to expand their efforts throughout the world establishing offices and expanding its reach with academic institutions, industry and governments in China, India, Japan and the European Union. Today, Pete builds partnerships with corporations, non-profit organizations, Museums, Science Centers and others to enhance both formal and informal Kindergarten-12th grade STEM education in the United States and around the world.