PRESS RELEASE: ITEEA Ambassador Receives International Award


April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016 —

RESTON, VA, APRIL 12, 2016 – ITEEA Ambassador, Dr. Ron Todd, recently received an Award of Excellence from Design and Technology Association (DATA) colleagues in England, presented by the keynote speaker, Professor Mark Miodownik of the University College London. The award noted Ron’s work at New York University, Drexel University, and The College of New Jersey including: his leadership role in developing new programs for preparing technology teachers; his launching of TIES magazine featuring best practices in D&T education from the U.S. and abroad; and his research and development work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the State Departments of Education of New York, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Highlighted in the award were the elementary school level initiatives known as the UPDATE Projects (Updating Practice through Design and Technology “Engineering” Education). These NSF-supported Projects provided practical hands-on and minds-on experiences for elementary children while helping teachers gain practical Design, Engineering and Technology (DE&T) teaching skills for integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Visual images of Design, Engineering, and Technology (DE&T) activities in elementary classrooms in Virginia, display at the award ceremony, documented the long-term success of collaboration of U.K. and U.S. colleagues supporting the Children’s Engineering (CE) work to introduce more than 3,000 elementary teachers to DE&T training, an effort that still continues across Virginia.

While traveling in the England as an ITEEA Ambassador, Ron met with leaders and members of DATA to discuss new ways that the ITEEA and DATA might collaborate. Ron reports that these discussions were both exciting and productive in generating several ideas with considerable potential for both associations. Of particular interest was the ongoing collaborative planning for piloting an initial workshop on “systems and control” that holds real promise in helping teachers as they expand their delivery of Technology and Engineering Education through Integrative STEM Education.

During these discussions, the U.K. colleagues shared their insights about several systems of hardware and software that are a result of years of developmental work of Design and Technology colleagues working with DATA and supportive British companies. These new systems are relatively low cost, flexible, and are capable of interactive programming. Some of the systems are being used with children as early as the third grade. 

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