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Engaging Future Engineers

Using NGSS to Plan and Facilitate Engineering Design Processes in the Classroom


Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the components of an engineering design model 
  2. Be able to integrate the engineering design model into an existing curriculum
  3. Know the role that engineering plays in NGSS, be able to differentiate engineering and science, and understand why teaching engineering is important for their classroom
  4. Experience the design model through both a teacher and student lens
  5. Develop and plan a tangible engineering lesson plan that incorporates the engineering design model, the NGSS standards

Course Description: 

Engaging Future Engineers is aimed at teaching middle school and high school science teachers about the engineering design process and how to integrate it into their classrooms. Teachers will learn about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with a focus on the engineering standards. Throughout the course, teachers will learn about a simple engineering design model and apply it to multiple engineering design challenges they can use in their classroom. The course will also include time for teachers to design and iterate their own engineering design lessons. 

Keywords: Engineering, middle school, high school, science, NGSS, design challenges

Audience: Middle school and high school science teachers 

Dates & Times: Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2017

  • Mon | 10:00a - 4:00p
  • Tue - Thu | 9:00a - 4:00p
  • Fri | 9:00a - 1:30p
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University, with follow-up learning communities throughout the school year


  • $750 (Individual)
  • $700 (Group - 3 or more teachers from the same school or district)
Units: 2 Status: Registration opens Tuesday, Jan 17, 4:00p PT

*Please note: The cost for this course includes morning coffee/tea service, lunch, and a reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.  

Connecting teachers from around the globe to share and grow in teaching excellence. This course is part of the Stanford Teaching Festival (STF). The STF aims to bring together teachers from varied classrooms and contexts worldwide. Teachers participate in a common, in-person, high-quality professional learning experience over the summer, and are provided with the resources, tools, and support to engage and grow with one another in meaningful learning communities throughout the school year.

Course Facilitators: 

Julienne Cruz began her teaching career in South Korea as an English teacher. She enjoyed working with the youth, learning new languages, and adapting to new cultures.  Her favorite teachable moments in Korea are watching her students communicating with each other in English.

Julienne continued her teaching career in the Bay Area.  She taught 1st grade and currently teaches 6th grade for the past 5 years.  Her interest in STEAM has inspired her to incorporate engineering design in her math and science classes. Besides teaching, she also is a coordinator for Techbridge, a STEM program for girls. 

Julienne holds a Bachelor Science Degree in Community Regional Development from University California, Davis, a teaching credential from CSU East Bay, and a Masters in Education, specializing curriculum design from CSU East Bay.

David Moriarty is a project manager at Lockheed Martin. He is currently working on satellite propulsion components for communications satellites. David began his career as a project engineer for a geodesic dome manufacturer specializing in petroleum and wastewater applications.
David’s engineering skillset has taken him to diverse projects around the globe from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia, from San Diego to Taiwan and now here in the Bay Area. With 17 years in the industry, David has had the opportunity to work across a vast portfolio of projects including large structural systems, distributed command and control systems and satellite systems.
David has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary engineering with a focus on systems. David regularly engages with STEM projects, Ignite/IISME mentorships and connecting with future engineers.
We are all engineers. At the center of every solution an engineer was at work, whether conscious or unaware. Active use and strengthening of the engineering process brings better solutions more efficiently.