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The design-studio workshop was preceded by three webinars—conversations with experts, followed by an open, question & answer session with the participants. These webinars focused on exploring the guiding framework and thus set the stage for the upcoming design sessions. A fourth webinar were open to the participants to set the stage for the upcoming design sessions. The overall goal of the final session was to initiate community formation, introduce the web tools that will be used to create workshop products, and showcase what teams would produce at the workshop.

The first three webinars were recorded and are archived below:

Webinar 1: Perspectives on Humanistic Knowledge

Guests: Katina Michael, Professor at Arizona State University and Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society; Richard Pitt, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Diego

Overview: Humanistic Knowledge includes attributes that provide a learner with a vision and narrative of the self within social contexts, scaling from local to global. In this webinar, we will explore how our complex identities shape the decision to study STEM (or not), the place of ethics in STEM education in a complexifying world, and the challenges of infusing humanistic considerations into formal STEM curricula.

Webinar 2: Perspectives on Meta Knowledge

Guests: Candace Thille, Director of Learning Science and Engineering at Amazon; Elke Weber, Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science for Policy Lab at Princeton University

Overview: Meta Knowledge includes the skills, mindsets, and attitudes that address the process of working with core STEM knowledge, turning knowledge into action. In this webinar, we will focus on emerging insights into how humans assign value and risk, how we learn best, and the use of technology to assist learning. How should these considerations inform the design of STEM programs that prepare students for rapid changes in everything from the nature of work to planetary climate conditions?

Webinar 3: Perspectives on Foundational Knowledge

Guests: Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA; Susan Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Professor at Rollins College

Overview: Foundational Knowledge is the core knowledge that is essential for learners to obtain as part of STEM programs. In this webinar, we will consider how traditional notions of Foundational Knowledge should be balanced against Meta-Knowledge and Humanistic Knowledge in the design of future STEM programs.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1935479: Workshop on the Substance of STEM Education. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.