iFoundry is transforming engineering education for the 21st century. Dr. Price will describe the program and answer questions.

The DigiFab group will describe what happens in a FabLab and what they plan with DigiFab. DigiFab will act locally by engaging 6th-8th grade students from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club (DMBGC) in a year-long participatory learning experience at the Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab.

Abstract: Preparation to teach school mathematics should include knowing how to respond to classroom mathematical interactions. Research literature of mathematics teaching asserts that teacher’s ability to respond to classroom interactions is dependent on her knowledge of subject matter and pedagogical strategies as well as instant recognition of what the student is saying. As a consequence, teacher education programs should cultivate teacher’s ability to respond to classroom mathematical interactions by practicing the integration of mathematical and pedagogical reasoning discourses.

Avigail Snir will join the MSTE Friday Lunch group to discuss "What Etoys Could Bring to STEM Education" using examples from

From the Speaker:

World problems and the need for human expertise to solve those problems demand more creativity.  Opportunities abound for the individual who can integrate creative thinking skills with critical thinking skills. The creative imperative and the creative opportunity urge us to improve creativity education for students.  We can help students become more creative, and as a result we can enhance their personal satisfaction and their abilities to solve the pressing problems of our times.

Brother Thomas Dupre' is our special guest speaker this week. He wrote his dissertation in 1986 on "The 'New Mathematics' Controversy". The dissertation was directed by Ken Travers. Peter Braunfeld was the chairperson of his committee. Though Max Beberman had passed away by that time, Dupre's dissertation was based on interviews with many of the people who had been active in the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics.

Brother Dupre' is Associate Professor in Mathematics/Computer Science at Lewis University.

Bill Cope from the College of Education will present "Assessing Science by Assessing Writing: A Report on the Assess-As-You-Go Writing Assistant Project."

Elena Railean, visiting from the Republic of Moldova, will present a new didactical model with core dynamic and flexible educational strategies. She will present electronic textbooks for mathematics and chemistry (at the K-12 level) and informatics (at the University-level).

Join MSTE,the Office for Math, Science, and Technology for Education, for the Friday Lunch series. Quinn Baetz will discuss various jobs he has had and how he got involved with MSTE. He will go over some of the interesting projects he has done at the University, along with the work done at MSTE. Quinn will end by talking about his future and what he will be doing at HP Palm.

An update of iFoundry and possibly some discussion on iEFX (Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience (pronounced "I-effects")).


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