W4: Putting the "E" into STEM Preparation for All Teachers (Bring Your Laptop)

ID: 28838 Type: Workshop
  1. David Gibson, Global Challenge Award, United States
  2. Elizabeth Parry, American Society for Engineering Education, United States
  3. Ray Rose, Rose-Smith, United States

Monday, March 29 1:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: Marina 4

Abstract: This workshop, co-presented by SITE and the American Society for Engineering Education K-12 division, explores the 2009 call, from the National Academy of Engineering, for new curriculum and content for K-12 that is critical to preparing the workforce for the 21st Century. Topics will include a review of the content and pedagogy of K-12 Engineering and an interactive exploration of the political and practical realities of preparing teachers to enter schools ready to use multidisciplinary engineering design projects that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


1. Overview (awareness) of the NAE research and reports that led to the September 2009 policy release, and the rationale for the critical need for Engineering Education. 2. Awareness, exploration and understanding of what differentiates Engineering from Science. 3. Awareness, exploration and understanding of the key concepts of the Engineering 4. Awareness, exploration and understanding of the key concepts of the Engineering Design process. 5. Contribution of ideas that build strategies for preparing teachers for #2,3,4. 6. Discussion and exploration of systemic issues that will impact the integration of Engineering Education into today's schools.

Topical Outline

Engineering is now considered to be a missing but important content area in K-12 education. A number of reports have brought into the spotlight the importance of engineering as a content area, way of thinking, and approach to learning. Teacher education programs need to respond to this new curriculum challenge. 1. The Changing Context a. Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Engineer of 2020, New Media literacy are defining new sets of skills in the new context – we KNOW we are not educating for these yet, but things are about to change even more… b. NAE report of September 2009 2. What is “E” in K12 education? a. Where is the “E” now in K12 and where has it been? b. What is the future of “E”? c. NAEP Assessment d. What is the definition of “technology” in this context? 3. What is an “engineering design challenge” a. We challenge you… b. What makes it multidisciplinary? c. How does it relate to scientific inquiry? 4. What is the content that is taught as part of engineering design? a. Systems b. Optimization 5. Examples of new program approaches a. Engineering is Elementary (MoS & NC) b. 4 by 4 (high school mathematics project) c. Global Challenge Award (problem-based teams, middle & high school) d. SITE’s new SIG on fabrication 6. School of Education response to the need to prepare teachers to achieve student success with engineering standards. a. Teacher professional development programs to reach current teachers b. Preservice response


There is no prerequisite for the audience other than an interest in learning about the emergence of Engineering in K-12 Education as a critical feature of preparation of 21st Century learners.

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David Gibson is Associate Research Professor at Arizona State University and Executive Director of The Global Challenge Award (www.globalchallengeaward.org), a team and project-based learning and scholarship program for high school students that engages small teams in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve global problems. His research and publications include work on complex systems analysis and modeling of education, Web applications and the future of learning, the use of technology to personalize education, and the potential for games and simulation-based learning. He is creator of simSchool (www.simschool.org), a classroom flight simulator for training teachers, currently funded by the US Department of Education FIPSE program and eFolio, an online performance assessment system. His business, CURVESHIFT, is an educational technology company (www.curveshift.com) that assists in the acquisition, implementation and continuing design of games and simulations, e-portfolio systems, data-driven decision making tools, and emerging technologies. Raymond Rose is President of Rose & Smith Associates, Online Learning Evangelists. He has been active in the development of innovative educational applications, and is currently actively pursuing the reform of education, working with the computational thinking community, and introducing engineering education into the thinking about 21st Century Learning. Elizabeth Parry is the Director of K-12 Partnership Development at the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After ten years with IBM in various engineering and project management positions, she came to NCSU in 1998 to direct grant programs funded by the National Science and GE Foundations focused on engineering education in K-12 schools. Her most recent program is RAMP-UP (Recognizing Accelerated Math Potential in Underrepresented People), aimed at increasing the number and diversity of students who enroll and succeed in Algebra by 8th grade and Calculus by 12th. Ms. Parry’s current work centers on the development and implementation of partnerships between higher education and K-12 schools in STEM education areas. She is a member of various professional societies, including the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), where she serves as the chair-elect of the K-12 Division. Ms. Parry received her B.S. in Engineering Management/Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T.


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