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Searcy, AR

June 24-25, 2020


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Date & Time

  • June 24-25, 2020
  • 8:30am - 4:00pm


  • Harding University

    Thornton Education Center

  • E Center Ave, Searcy, AR 72143

  • Room 326

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Early Bird Rate $295, $325 per person after May 8, 2020.

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Introduction to Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE) - 2 Days

Our introductory workshop is designed to provide educators with a foundational understanding of the ADE instructional model. We provide a hands-on, learner-centered professional learning experience that helps participants develop the experience and knowledge they need to feel confident using or supporting the use of ADE in classrooms.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about:

  • The ADE instructional model by participating in all eight stages of an actual ADE STEM Design Challenge from start to finish.
  • The workshop will model a design challenge for middle school using a method that is transferable to high school settings due to the vertically aligned framework of the NGSS.
  • ADE features STEM Design Challenges that are easily integrated into science and engineering or STEM courses. These STEM DCs can also be a foundational element in after-school programs or summer STEM camps.

What is Argument-Driven Engineering?

Argument-Driven Engineering challenges students to use core science ideas, engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to solve a design challenge. Students work within the constraints and criteria given, design and build prototypes, test and refine their designs, and write a design report about their findings and the engineering design process; all while participating in collaborative groups, argumentation sessions, and peer review and feedback stages.

Please note, campus and district leaders are welcome to attend this training to preview the process but are not licensed to provide training to others.

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The nearest municipal airport is the Searcy Municipal Airport. The nearest national airport is the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

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