The Genius of Our Ancestors: Engineering of the Past, Present and Future

01/16/2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Elementary Ed, Math, Professional Development, Science, Secondary Ed, STEM

Topics: next generation science standards, NGSS, STEM, Engineering, Culturally Responsive Teaching

District/Organization: Oregon Science Teachers Association

Since time immemorial, engineering has been a feat perfected by by the plant and animal relatives throughout our traditional homelands. They served as our teachers in developing tools, structures, and protocols allowing us to thrive then, now, and, with our responsibilities fulfilled, into the future. This webinar will provide insight into the genius of our ancestors with classroom activities discussed and appropriate approaches to incorporating them.

Presenter: Sapóoq’is wíit’es (thing that causes survival) is the given name of Ciarra Greene- a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe. Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) culture and traditions emphasize environmental stewardship and drives Ciarra’s academic, professional, and personal endeavors. She has her BS in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University (2012), where she researched environmental uranium on the homelands of the Diné (Navajo). Previously she was employed at the Arizona Science Center as a STEM instructor, the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division (Wetland Program Field Assistant and Water Resources Specialist), and Wisdom of the Elders (Educator and Workforce Development Coordinator). Ciarra earned her MS degree in Science Teaching at Portland State (2019) and is currently Native Environmental Science Faculty at the Northwest Indian College Nez Perce Site (2019).