Teacher Lecture Series
From University Research to the K-12 Classroom
The STEM Education Center at WPI and Mass Academy of Math and Science are co-sponsoring a Lecture Series in which WPI faculty will present their groundbreaking research and how the principles of their research can be applied to a K-12 classroom. Following the WPI faculty member, a K-12 educator will present engaging classroom activities addressing similar topics that can be applicable to multiple grade levels. This series seeks to bring K-12 educators and university faculty members together around a common theme of relevant topics to engage and inspire the next generation of STEM-minded individuals.
Please join us for a time of networking with colleagues, engaging in intellectual thought, learning new content, and sharing ideas.
Winter 2015 Lecture: Computer Science and Cybersecurity
Hear from Kathi Fisler, Director of WPI's Cybersecurity Program, on her research in cybersecurity. She will be joined by a computer science K-12 educator. Check back soon for more details.
Fall 2014 Lecture: How Robotics Can Change the World - From Kindergarten to College to Solving Real-world Problems
In this unique presentation, join elementary educator John O’Neill from the Quaboag Public Schools and WPI Ph.D. student and lifelong robotics learner Michael Delph on a fascinating journey about robotics, K-Grey.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Quaboag School District decided to develop a unique model for delivering robotics education to its students across the grade levels. At West Brookfield Elementary School, this means a robotics class, run by John O’Neill, is taught to every student in grades K-5 each week, giving them all a chance to get involved in this cutting edge field. Learn how this hands-on, “failure isn’t an option,” engineering opportunity is impacting the students, school and district. You will also learn how the program got up and running, it’s plans for development, and how it hopes to feed the high school robotics program.
Next hear from Michael Delph of WPI’s Robotics Engineering Programs who developed his passion for robots early in life and now is pursuing his Ph.D. in the field through work with Professor Greg Fischer’s Automation and Interventional (AIM) Robotics Lab which focuses on medical robotics and computer integrated surgery. Mr. Delph’s personal area of research is assistive robotics, working on devices such as a sleeve to support stroke victims. Mr. Delph has experience in FIRST robotics as a student, teaching summer programs for kids, and award winning project teams focused on using robotics to make the world a better place. Learn more about this fascinating intersection of science and robots and get to see the model of what Mr. Delph is working on.