School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a multi-day regional convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders gather to engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives; identify the ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes; experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking; learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem; and strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors. Join us at the 2020 Bridge Conference from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020. 

2020 Bridge ConferenceThe Seeds We Sow, emphasizes intention in the act of reimagination. Only together, as a collective, will we solidify a new foundation that intertwines our cultures, values, and leadership to nourish all our young people’s excellence and right to thrive.

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Thursday, October 29 • 9:00am - 11:00am
The Engineering Design Process: Developing Problem Solving Skills in a World Full of Challenge

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Youth have always been exposed to challenges in their lives. As educators, we cannot prevent youth from experiencing problems, but we can equip youth with tools they can use to navigate and overcome these obstacles. The Engineering Design Process is the series of steps people can use to solve a problem. You will learn how to incorporate the Engineering Design Process into a fun and simple engineering challenge, and reflect on how each step can build youths’ 21st century skills to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively to overcome challenges, both in the classroom and in their lives. You will leave this session with the confidence to use the Engineering Design Process with youth in your programs.

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Tania Dearden

Education Programs Manager, foundry10
Tania Dearden studied Engineering Science at the University of Virginia and earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. While navigating the STEM education pipeline, Tania became passionate about providing high-quality, equitable STEM experiences... Read More →
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Lindsey Childers

Philanthropy Director, STEM Program Developer, foundry10
Lindsey graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation, she moved back to her home state of Alaska to become an oil and gas engineer, working on the remote Prudhoe Bay oilfield. Through various local volunteer projects... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom- Meeting