Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education

MSTE Visitors: Dr. Vanessa Svihla and Dr. Brian Gravel 

The Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Research Group will be hosting Dr. Brian Gravel (Tufts University) and Dr. Vanessa Svihla (University of New Mexico) April 10-12. 

The following events will be held during their visit: 

  • For Everyone: Material Transformations in Designing Public Lecture happening on April 10, from 5:30-7 pm at the DDQIC
  • For B.Ed. Students: Promoting STEM Literacies in Makerspaces – On Friday, April 12 from 9:00 to 10:30 & 11:00 to 12:30. Dr. Brian Gravel (Tufts University) and Dr. Vanessa Svihla (University of New Mexico) will lead a practical workshop focused on the STEM literacies that can be addressed in school-based Makerspaces. Increasingly, maker spaces and maker technologies provide extended learning opportunities for school-aged young people. In such environments participants engage in many forms of communication where individuals and groups of people are focused on different projects simultaneously. Focus will be placed on how makerspace participants engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they create and produce physical products of personal and social value. Specifically, this workshop will focus on how makerspace participants can be supported in the posing and solve of problems; the identification and integration of information of different kinds (visual, quantitative, and verbal); and the sharing of ideas, knowledge and their work with others. This 90-minute workshop will be offered twice at 9:00 and 11:00 respectively. The workshop will be held in the education library’s Learning Corner. 
  • For Graduate Students and Faculty at Queen's Faculty of Education: April 10, 1:30 pm in the Vernon Ready Room. This seminar will involve presentation and discussion of work by Dr. Brian Gravel (Tufts University) and Dr. Vanessa Svihla (University of New Mexico). During the seminar Dr. Gravel will share his work on the STEM topic of computational play and Dr. Svihla will share her work on the development of framing agency as it relates to students addressing design problems. 
  • Extended Design Session: Problem Framing Protocols: A Workshop on Framing Design Problems as a Group  On Thursday, April 11 from 9-3, to register, email reever@queensu.ca, Dr. Vanessa Svihla (University of New Mexico) and Dr. Brian Gravel (Tufts University) will lead a full-day workshop on design approaches that assist groups in framing design problems. Whilst efficient problem solving is commonplace, deliberate effort put into framing problems results in better and more innovative solutions. Drs. Svihla and Gravel will guide small self-organized groups through a suite of design protocols they have developed; these protocols help teams identify diverse stakeholder concerns and assist groups in moving towards potential solutions. Expected topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Makerspaces in schools; School/University research partnerships; Support of student self-regulation in classrooms at all levels (Note: other topics may be added through consultation with the organizers). This full-day workshop is sponsored and organized by members of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group (MSTE) and will be held in the LinQ Lab at the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) in Mitchell Hall. The day will begin with a presentation by Dr. Jim McLellan the academic director of the DDQIC. Dr. McLellan will provide an introduction to the new facilities and the programs available at Mitchell Hall. Lunch will be provided from 11:30 to 12:30.