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Teachers sharpening skills with Engineering by Design program

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Teachers from across the state are visiting New Hartford and brushing up on skills for the classroom.

The Engineering by Design program is now in its third year. There are four locations throughout the state offering the program, and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is one of the hosts. The mission is to train middle and high school teachers, with instructors from across the country playing the role of teacher and local teachers playing the role of student.

"What happens is the teachers need to be able to deliver instruction in a problem-based design process," said Ken Ford, state director of Engineering by Design. "So the students can experience real-world problems and solve those problems based upon the design principles."

New Hartford, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Waterville are participating for the first time. The teachers not only get the resources they need to succeed, but also the pre- and post-tests for evaluations.

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