Engineering Design Education Workshop



  • Thursday, September 25; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Friday, September 26; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Offering Format: Professional Development Event
  • Museum of Science
  • Register online; see below


Join museum educators from around the country for a workshop on successful approaches to developing and facilitating design-based engineering activities. What works? What doesn't? How do we speak inclusively? How do we promote design thinking without leading? How can research and evaluation inform our program development and deployment?


During the day-and-a-half workshop, the group will share learning from their own institutions — including successful approaches to engineering challenges, research findings, and lessons learned. As hosts, the Museum of Science will provide an in-depth look at our Design Challenges program which has been developed over the last ten years. To set the context, workshop participants will get hands-on experience engaging in and facilitating Design Challenges activities on the Museum floor.

In addition, our research and evaluation team will share preliminary results from their research study on the effects of facilitation at design-based activities on visitors' attitudes toward engineering and engineering self-efficacy. Additional information below.

This workshop is made possible by a National Leadership Grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Photo © Ashley McCabe

Additional Information

When and where is the workshop?

The workshop will be held at the Museum of Science, Boston, and will run for a full day on Thursday, September 25 and a half-day on Friday, September 26.

Who should attend the workshop?

The workshop is intended for educators and program developers who work directly with museum visitors. Two people from your institution are encouraged to attend.

What costs are covered?

The Museum of Science will provide a travel stipend of up to $300 per person, lodging for the nights of Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25, and meals during the conference.

How to apply?

Applications for the workshop will be accepted until until August 1, accepted applicants will be notified by August 11. Please use this form to apply. Any questions about the workshop can be sent by email to

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