'Hands-On STEM Integration: An Egg-Cellent Engineering/Math Challenge'
Agriculture can be a key to integrating STEM subjects. Integrated curriculum can combat the issues of fragmented subjects, instruction that is isolated from application, and the irrelevance of school in the real world. This workshop discusses the design considerations and development processes involved in integrating STEM subjects with curricular materials, technology, activities, and assessments. Learn to design, construct, and test a new egg carton with farm products, while considering cost, cleanliness, and environmental friendliness in this hands-on engineering/math challenge. Lists of supplies needed, instructions, and rubric are provided. See student examples and demonstrations of testing on a "bumpy" truck ride.|
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|Farah L. Vallera|
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|Biosketch:||Farah L. Vallera teaches instructional technology and teacher education as a Professor of Practice in Lehigh University's Teaching, Learning, and Technology graduate degree program and is a practicing instructional design consultant in higher education. She received a Ph.D. from Lehigh University in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, where her focus was on using innovative educational technology in the design and dissemination of STEM-integrated agricultural literacy curriculum for elementary students. She also has an M.A. and B.A. in sociology from Lehigh University and Centenary College, respectively. Aside from teaching courses and conducting research in instructional design, design thinking, makerspace development, mobile technology, and integrated STEM and agriculture, she develops multicultural, inclusion, and diversity awareness course materials and enjoys practicing urban agriculture and volunteering as an agricultural educator for diverse audiences.|