Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center – Georgetown, TX


Cheryl Farmer

The University of Texas at Austin
Director of Precollege Engneering Education Initiatives
Austin, TX
I have worked at the interface of secondary and post-secondary engineering education for more than a decade. As the founding program director of the NSF-funded UTeachEngineering program, I have led the development, launch, and growth of an innovative high school engineering curriculum and teacher support network; overseen the development of degree programs for current and future teachers; and co-led national efforts to develop standards for professional preparation for K12 teachers of engineering. Talk with me about how a modern, top-down, constructivist approach to engineering education can both broaden participation and deepen understanding among students, as well as how meaningful experiences in a collaborative community of practice can build capacity among teachers of engineering.