Developing an Open-Sourced CAD-Based System and Curriculum for Teachers
The recent widespread access to makerspaces has led to a renaissance in the development of physical instructional materials, such as mathematics manipulatives, science kits, and engineering projects. Learn more about how ITEEA is collaborating with the Make to Learn Laboratory at the University of Virginia to develop instructional units as part of the Engineering byDesign curriculum based on CAD models in an open-source repository. This project provides students with authentic manufacturing experiences and has led to increased student engagement and interest in STEM careers, potentially increasing the gender diversity of students entering manufacturing and STEM fields.
Ryan S. Novitski is the ITEEA STEM Director of the STEM Center for Teaching, and Learning. He oversees professional learning in CTE/STEM education, research related to CTE/STEM, development of standards-aligned curricula, and assessments. He graduated as a Technology Education major from Oswego State with his bachelors, McDaniel College for his masters in Educational Administration, and is currently a doctoral candidate at University of MD Eastern Shore for Educational Leadership. He has served as a Technology, and Engineering instructor for several years as well as an assistant principal of a high school. He aspires to advance CTE/STEM literacy for all students, and has a passion to support all educational professionals.