Evolution of Science and Technology
Doors Open at 9am; Presentation begins at 9:30am
R. Charles Dershimer, PhD. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
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. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Teacher Education program at the University of Michigan focusing on secondary math and science teacher certification. He is also the director of a new teacher education program at U-M, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship program that is working to recruit top STEM candidates into a certification program and place them in high need urban and rural locations across the state. In collaboration with the Henry Ford Learning Institute, Stanford’s “d.school” and members of the “design for learning” group at the product develop firm IDEO, he worked with local and national teachers to help them integrate innovative and research-based practices on “design thinking” into their math and science classrooms. These materials are currently being used in schools in California, Texas, Illinois and Michigan (Dearborn and Detroit).
Suzanne Fischer, Associate Curator of Technology, The Henry Ford
In her role as Curator of Technology at The Henry Ford, Suzanne Fischer collects, researches, interprets and provides access to the artifacts of communication technology, including printing presses, telegraphs, telephones, televisions, office equipment and computers, as well as medical, health and scientific equipment. As part of her duties, Fischer also develops content for exhibits and web products and connects visitors, staff and scholars to The Henry Ford’s exceptional collections. She also serves as an institutional advocate for digital projects.
Before joining The Henry Ford, Fischer served as collections manager for the Hennepin County Medical Center History Museum in Minneapolis, where she aided in preservation and management of the museum’s artifacts, organized exhibits and raised visitation rates by 75 percent. She has also served as an information technology specialist for the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Computing at the University of Minnesota. Fischer was awarded the Emerging Museum Professional fellowship from the American Association of Museums.
Plus: A short dramatic presentation: The Real McCoy
Learn about the fascinating Elijah McCoy, whose inventions got trains into the station ahead of time. This 15-minute play takes your students on the stirring eight-decade journey that was McCoy’s life: how he overcame racial injustice and went on to register 57 patents, including the automatic lubricating cup, which revolutionized the industrial machine industry.
Teachers: If you need continuing education units, please register for the full-day workshop with our Call Center at 313.982.6001
Upon Arrival: Please park in the main West Lot (on the corner of Village Rd and Oakwood Blvd) and enter at the IMAX Theatre (connected to Henry Ford Museum). This event will take place in the Anderson Theatre which is between the IMAX entrance and the Clock Tower Entrance of Henry Ford Museum.
Parking - Parking is free for this event. A $5 parking fee will be charged to non-members who purchase tickets to Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village or the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
For Questions: please contact our call center, open daily 9 AM – 5 PM, at 313.982.6001. Or visit us online at www.thehenryford.org
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The Henry Ford provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future.