Teacher Professional Development Program

Throughout the year, the Western Engineering Outreach team offers and participates in a variety of Teacher Professional Development workshops across London and the surrounding area. Interested in learning more? Contact us at discover@uwo.ca. If you would like to request a Teacher PD workshop specific to your school, please contact us at discover@uwo.ca.


3D Printing Teacher Development

Due to popular demand, Western Engineering Outreach is offering 3D Printing Teacher PD. By completing the one-hour training session, you will qualify for our tech loaning program and will be able to book a 3D printer for your own classroom. This hands-on training session will focus on how to use Tinkercad to design models and print them using a Dremel 3D printer. We will give a few examples of how you can use 3D printing in your classes, knowing there are almost endless possibilities for how you can connect 3D printing across math, science, and interdisciplinary curricula. The training session is free, takes place immediately after school, and includes a light meal.


What: Practical, hands-on training on how to use (and borrow) a 3D printer. This training includes the hardware, software, examples of how it can be used in class, and hands-on opportunities. Participating in this training will qualify you for our tech loaning program – you can even sign up to borrow a 3D printer during the training session.

When: Monday, November 20, 2023 OR Monday, January 29, 2024. They both run from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please note: you only have to attend one.

Where: Western University, Amit Chakma Engineering Building, Room 2435

Parking: Parking is also free! Details on where to park will be provided in the Welcome Email. 

Details: A light meal will be provided. You are not required to bring anything with you, although some participants may choose to bring something to take notes with.

Registration is now full! Please email discover@uwo.ca to be added to the waiting list. 


WE MADEIT in the Classroom

WE MADEIT in the Classroom is a program designed by a consortium consisting of Hydro One, Western University, Ryerson University, Ontario Tech University and Waterloo University. The program offers STEM professional development for teachers working in grade 7-8 classrooms with the potential to run in grade 5-6 classrooms.

WE MADEIT has run successfully for the last five years in the Waterloo District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Thames Valley District School, St Clair Catholic District School Board and Lambton Kent District School Board, reaching over 500 teachers and 18000 students. Western Engineering Outreach is looking to expand more into southwestern Ontario with school boards like LKDSB.

WE MADEIT has 12 FREE curriculum-linked activities, and provides all professional development workshop materials for a cross curricular learning experience. For more information on the program please visit: http://wemadeit.ca/teachers/



Technology Loaning Program

As an extension of the Western Engineering Outreach Teacher PD program, teachers can request to borrow technology for 1-4 weeks to bring hands-on learning to their classrooms. Available technology and request forms are distributed via email to teachers who have participated in the Teacher PD program. The Technology Loaning Program is only available to teachers who have completed a PD workshop with Western Engineering Outreach. This is a popular program and we do our best to accomodate as many requests as possible. 

If you have participated in a teacher PD workshop, you can request technology here.