January 15, 2019

V-Model Approach to K-12 Learning

Wednesday February 27, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

(This event is free and open to all, including non-members)

V-Model Approach to K-12 Learning


Date: Wednesday, Feb 27th, 2019, from 5:30-7pm
Location: Filippi’s Restaurant in Kearny Mesa, 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123 (Google Maps)
Cost: Free
Presentation and Dinner: The first 1/2 hour is for dinner and networking. The optional buffet dinner starts at 5:30 and the presentation begins at approximately 6 pm. The cost of the buffet is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and includes pizza, salad, pasta, and soft drinks.
Webcasting: This presentation will be webcast starting at approximately 5:50 pm. You will be able to view the presentation slide show and hear audio from the speaker. Please note that during our phase-in period, we will not be take questions from our webcast audience; we hope to do so in the future. Finally, please note that the webcast quality depends on our venue’s Internet connection (it has been mostly dependable in the past).

To join the WEBEX meeting
Meeting Number: 252 846 155

To join by phone
1-1-866-398-2885 Call-in toll-free number (Premiere)
Audio Passcode: 412 867 1535

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that this WebEx service allows audio and other information sent during the session to be recorded, which may be discoverable in a legal matter. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to being recorded, discuss your concerns with the host or do not join the session.


Engineering has been relatively absent from the K-12 classroom for years, but the Next Generation Science Standards has challenged this absence. Forty states have shown interest and nineteen states, including all states along the west coast, have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards incorporate science and engineering practices into every grade level.

The V-Model for systems engineering was adapted for the K-12 classroom. This approach allows for students to think strategically while performing systems analysis, systems validation, verification of requirements, project planning, and decision management. This presentation will look at how this V-Model systems engineering approach has been integrated into the classroom to engage young minds in innovation through collaboration, problem solving, negotiating requirements and critical thinking.

Presenter: Becky McKinney, Escondido Union High School District

Becky McKinney is a secondary science educator and teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in the Escondido Union High School District. She leverages her prior experiences as a forensic scientist, neuroscientist and college educator in order to bring a passionate and nontraditional approach to STEM learning. Through her work with engineers, she has developed a method to bring systems engineering into any classroom utilizing the V-model. She is a member of the California Science Teacher’s Association and National Science Teacher’s Association and has received numerous awards for her dedication to student learning.

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