We are award-winning, teachers/researchers/presenters who want to help you engage your students in Engineering Design with a problem you have chosen and they see as relevant. Let us work with you to nurture some awesome future STEM folks.
(Or... some wonderfully scientifically literate citizens;that would be cool!)
Established in Experience
Each member of our team has won awards for their teaching and leadership. Together, we represent decades of experience in creating, using, improving, and assessing engineering design. Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of Engineering Design.
And we have seen it in our classrooms. Let's work together and get this into your hands in your classroom..
Our goal is to impact the future!
When we help you engage students with engineering design, we are making a difference in your life and in their lives. We make their future a little brighter and their horizons a little wider.
We help make the world a better place.
Jesse Wilcox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Science Education
University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Wilcox is passionate about STEM Education. His career started when he was a 9th grade science teacher in West Des Moines, Iowa. Currently, he is an assistant professor in Biology and Science Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He works to promote effective STEM teaching practices across the state and country through publications, presentations, and professional development. Dr. Wilcox is also a past chair of the Iowa Science Teaching Section of the Iowa Academy of Science.
Dr. Ken L. Turner, Jr.
Emeritus Professor of Science Education
University of Dubuque
After more than 30 years of award-winning teaching in middle school and high school, Ken got his doctorate and went to work at the University of Dubuque. Now he wants to "pay it forward" by teaching engineering design and serving you and your school. He has won the Toyota Tapestry, Those Who Excel, and UD's Faculty Hall of Fame Award. He has presented at conferences across America and authored some books along the way.
Brenda Kaufmann, MAE
We're Here for You
Our workshops are not one-size-fits-all; and they are not "one and done". Our workshops are tailored to your needs at your school in your community. The beautiful part about teaching teachers how to write their own materials is the ownership and partnership of what has been crafted. It is your work and creativity that brings it to life in your classroom!
And we will help you adapt, refine, evaluate, and improve what you have created. We are still with you, and still supporting you!