Designing for Disaster PD on 2/5/15 (District 75 STEM)

What: Professional Development Workshop

When: February 5, 2015

Where: District 75 Office / 1st Floor Conference Room, 400 First Ave, New York, NY 10010

Time: 8:30am – 2:40pm

If you would like to participate in the workshop go to and sign up under the Instructional Technology section. If you have any questions please email Lionel Bergeron,

Description: District 75 STEM Department is teaming up with the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. for a unique professional development workshop. The National Curricula Coordinator from the museum will present the Common Core aligned Design for Disaster Educators Kit, which focuses on resilient building. Teachers will learn about the resources and participate in hands on activities. All participants will receive an Educators Kit for the classroom, which will include a curriculum booklet (target grades 7th-9th), lesson plans, reading materials, building materials and a floorood map. The main goals of the Educator’s Kit are Introduce students to the people, processes, and choices involved in designing and constructing disaster resilient buildings and communities. Increase student awareness of the relationship between people and the built environment, including how people affect their surroundings and how their surroundings affect them. Increase student awareness of the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment and how these are interdependent. Introduce forces such as gravity, compression, tension, and shear and how they effect structures. Examine how we assess environmental risks. Examine how we can create policies, plans, and designs which result in safer, more disaster resilient communities.

Notes: The following is a link to the Educators Kit that each participant will receive:

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