“We only think when we are confronted with a problem” - John Dewey
There’s no doubt that much of the innovation celebrated and shared at The Henry Ford is a direct result of just that: The need to solve a problem.
The Friday, March 2, session of The Henry Ford Learning Series examines that problem-solving approach with a look at the evolution of science and technology when thinking about issues relating to the environment.
The morning speaker for the workshop is Charles Dershimer, Ph.D.
He will explore how objects from everyday life demonstrate how people think about environmental issues, alter technology to suit their needs, and use technology to solve environmental problems. He’ll also look at the role of schooling in preparing students for life. The fact that technology is changing so rapidly affects all of us – how we learn, acquire information, teach and solve problems.
Dr. Dershimer has been involved in teaching and professional development at the secondary and university level for over 20 years. He taught high school science for 12 years. He is a faculty member in the Teacher Education program at the University of Michigan focusing on secondary math and science teacher certification.
What is The Henry Ford Learning Series?
This series of workshops features daylong programs designed to engage, empower, enlighten and re-energize teachers with immersive learning experiences. (Teachers may also receive continuing education units.) The workshops provide a unique professional and personal development opportunity to delve into educational topics with notable scholars, innovators, museum educators and curators.
I’m not a teacher but this interests me. May I attend?
If you’re a member of The Henry Ford: Yes! The morning portion of the workshop, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., is open not only to educators but all members interested in learning more about the subject matter. There is no charge for members, but registration is required.
The morning schedule includes Dr. Dershimer’s talk, a panel discussion and Q-and-A session led by Suzanne Fischer, associate curator of technology at The Henry Ford, and a 15-minute dramatic presentation highlighting innovation inspired by a problem – “Elijah McCoy: The Real McCoy.”
The second half of the program is designed for teachers only. What does that include?
The afternoon portion of the workshop is only for teachers earning professional development credit. It includes a self-guided tour of Henry Ford Museum highlighting artifacts that tell stories of innovation in science and technology.
In the afternoon, teachers will also have the opportunity to engage in a brainstorming and lesson-planning session with workshop participants.
A few of the artifacts included in the tour are the Dymaxion House, the Edison2 car and the Newcomen Steam Engine.
How do I register?
Members can register for the free portion of the program online. Teachers interested in continuing education units need to register for the full-day workshop through The Henry Ford Call Center at 313-982-6001. Please register by Feb. 29.