Come be inspired to facilitate engineering experiences for students in the garden! Participants will engage in a 3rd-5th grade unit designed for NGSS in which students design and build trellises for peas in the school garden. We will make observations, build prototypes and then full-size trellises to grow peas. By unpacking this unit we will learn how to facilitate engineering experiences that address real problems or needs in school gardens. Participants will leave with resources and a framework for designing your own engineering in the garden unit and the inspiration to get started!
Learn more about the Engineering in the Garden resource and PD model developed by Life Lab and BSCS Science Learning.
K-8 classroom teachers and garden educators
September 15th and 16th, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Life Lab’s Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus
$400 for 2 days
10% Early-Bird Registration Discount will be applied at check-out process for Garden Classroom workshops registered 14 days prior to workshop start date.
- How to implement Designing Pea Trellises Engineering in the Garden Unit for 3rd-5th grade students
- How to design and implement your own engineering in the garden unit for any grade-level aligned with NGSS standards
- Tips and tricks for managing groups of students and materials in an outdoor classroom.
- Access to the Designing Pea Trellises unit materials including digital teacher guides and student notebooks
- Relevant handouts with additional planning tools and resources
- Ideas and inspiration from a variety of garden educators invested in this work.
- Free pea seeds!
- An optional guided tour of our 30-acre organic farm and children’s garden overlooking Monterey Bay
- A relaxing atmosphere with local snacks, drinks, and vegetarian lunch provided by our healthy food partner Charlie Hong Kong
Graduate Education Credit Available