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A Systems and Control Approach and Materials for Elementary and Middle-School Grades

February 20, 2018 at 4:00PM EST


A Collaboration of Colleagues from ITEEA and D&TA. 

DESCRIPTION: A report on the progress and results of a team of U.S. and U.K. colleagues in developing and sharing of Design, Engineering and Technology (DE&T) resources for elementary and middle school students. Specifically, this new generation of products and learning materials engage young children in enjoyable, problem-solving activities that start with building and controlling simple toys and models of carnival rides--and move on from there. The DE&T materials use a common language approach to help young children learn the concepts and uses of logic, coding, and control. The results are fun, low-threshold (easy) experiences for younger pupils that lay the foundation for later engagement in meaningful and more demanding experiences that help integrate, enhance, and extend STEM knowledge, skills, and applications. 

NOTE: The above collaboration involves members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and the Design and Technology Association (D&TA).  

PRESENTERS: Ronald Todd and Bob Claymier

Bob Claymier taught 6th grade math and science in the Delaware (OH) City Schools for 35 years. He holds a masters degree from Ohio State University in early and middle childhood science and math education. He is currently an elementary STEM specialist with both the Ohio and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Associations and served on the Board of Directors for the ITEEA from 2013-2016.

Bob has been an elementary STEM consultant through his own company, STEM is Elementary since 2007. His website,, contains free integrated lessons and also has links to other resources for elementary STEM educators. He publishes a free monthly elementary STEM newsletter, STEM is Elementary, that contains articles, resources, events, and professional development opportunities. The newsletter can subscribed to through his website.

In addition, He has led over 90 workshops, seminars and conference sessions and has designed curriculum on integrating STEM into the elementary curriculum for state and national educational groups. 

Ron Todd