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Edwards SXSWedu proposal

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A proposal for 2018 SXSWedu on Family Engagement in Hands On Learning

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Edwards SXSWedu proposal

  1. 1. Tricia Edwards Head of Education Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center 1 Family Engagement in Hands On Learning A Proposal for SXSWEdu 2018
  2. 2. Key Questions • Why are parents/caregivers often uncomfortable taking an active role in hands on learning and making environments? • What are different ways to involve parents/caregivers in hands on learning and making? • What are best practices and practical ways to empower parents/caregivers to take an active role in hands on learning and making—while still keeping the activity child-centered? 2 Kids invent (while dad checks his phone) at the Smithsonian’s Draper Spark!Lab
  3. 3. What influences adult engagement? This session will examine research conducted by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in its hands on invention center, Draper Spark!Lab. Participants will hear about various interventions, such as signs and instructions and interactions with staff that influence if and how parents and caregivers engage in the learning and making process. 3
  4. 4. 4 Draper Spark!Lab at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
  5. 5. How do we move from disengagement…. 5
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  7. 7. or “I’ll do it for you engagement”… 7
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  9. 9. What are the practical takeaways? Participants will leave with practical and easy-to-implement strategies for engaging parents and caregivers in hands on learning in their own educational environments. Participants will be encouraged to offer their own ideas and to ask questions of the presenter and fellow attendees. 9

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