Engineering

Transforming Engineering Education for Middle Schools (TEEMS) Curriculum

Transforming Engineering Education for Middle Schools (TEEMS) is a free engineering curriculum for grade 6-8 learners. TEEMS is based on theories of learning that encourage the use of story to promote engagement. The curriculum includes two 2-week engineering units on (1) the engineering design process and (2) materials and tools and six 1-4 day lessons that connect engineering to NGSS science topics of waves, matter and its interactions, body systems, Earth’s systems, Earth’s place in the universe, and evolution.

Author/Presenter: 
TEEMS Project Team
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Transforming Engineering Education for Middle Schools (TEEMS) is a free engineering curriculum for grade 6-8 learners. TEEMS is based on theories of learning that encourage the use of story to promote engagement.

Developing Transmedia Engineering Curricula Using Cognitive Tools to Impact Learning and the Development of STEM Identity

This paper examines the use of Imaginative Education (IE) to create an NGSS-aligned middle school engineering curriculum that supports transfer and the development of STEM identity. In IE, cognitive tools—such as developmentally appropriate narratives, mysteries and fantasies—are used to design learning environments that both engage learners and help them organize knowledge productively. We have combined IE with transmedia storytelling to develop two multi-week engineering units and six shorter engineering lessons.

Author/Presenter: 
Glenn W. Ellis
Jeremiah Pina
Rebecca Mazur
Al Rudnitsky
Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh
Isabel Huff
Sonia Ellis
Crystal M. Ford
Kate Lytton
Kaia Claire Cormier
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This paper examines the use of Imaginative Education (IE) to create an NGSS-aligned middle school engineering curriculum that supports transfer and the development of STEM identity.

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Disciplinary Literacy in STEM: A Functional Approach

This study explores disciplinary literacy instruction integrated within an elementary engineering unit in an urban classroom. A multidisciplinary team of university literacy and engineering educators and classroom teachers served as the research team for this case study. A social semiotic language theory (systemic functional linguistics) and a framework of mechanistic reasoning informed the instruction and analysis of classroom discourse and student writing.

Author/Presenter: 
Patricia Paugh
Kristen Wendell
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

This study explores disciplinary literacy instruction integrated within an elementary engineering unit in an urban classroom.

Computational Participation and the Learner‐Technology Pairing in K‐12 STEM Education

The role of technology in STEM education remains unclear and needs stronger operational definition. In this paper, we explore the theoretical connection between STEM and emergent technologies, with a focus on learner behaviors and the potential of technology-mediated experiences with computational participation (CP) in shaping STEM learning. In particular, by de-emphasizing what technology is used and bringing renewed focus to how the technology is used, we make a case for CP as an epistemological and pedagogical approach that promotes collaborative STEM practices.

Author/Presenter: 
Ramya Sivaraj
Joshua A. Ellis
Jeanna R. Wieselmann
Gillian H. Roehrig
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This paper explores the theoretical connection between STEM and emergent technologies, with a focus on learner behaviors and the potential of technology-mediated experiences with computational participation (CP) in shaping STEM learning.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 2021 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference - VIRTUAL

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/13/2021 - 9:00am
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To learn more, visit https://ewh.ieee.org/conf/stem/.

DRK-12 Presenters:

  • Adrienne Smith, Rebecca Lowe, and Christie Prout, Cynosure; Guenter Maresch, Christopher Bacot, Lura Sapp, and William Eustace, North Florida College
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Impacts of Attending an Inclusive STEM High School: Meta-analytImpacts of Attending an Inclusive STEM High School: Meta-analytic Estimates from Five Studiesic Estimates from Five Studies

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Author/Presenter: 
Barbara Means
Haiwen Wang
Xin Wei
Viki Young
Emi Iwatani
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2021
Short Description: 

This study uses a meta-analytic approach to investigate the relationship between attending an inclusive STEM high school and a set of high school outcomes known to predict college entry and declaration of a STEM college major.

Development and Validation of a High School STEM Self‐Assessment Inventory

The development of inclusive STEM high schools that have no academic admission requirements has been a national goal in the United States. However, there is no umbrella organization that gives guidance for structuring such schools. The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a self‐assessment using critical components of successful inclusive STEM high schools for school personnel and educational researchers who wish to better understand their STEM programs and identify areas of strength. A multi‐phase methodology was employed.

Author/Presenter: 
Erin Peters Burton
Tara S. Behrend
Shari Matray
Clarissa Hudson
Michael Ford
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a self‐assessment using critical components of successful inclusive STEM high schools for school personnel and educational researchers who wish to better understand their STEM programs and identify areas of strength.

Engineering Mindsets and Learning Outcomes in Elementary School

Background
Students may exhibit growth mindsets, where intelligence is seen as malleable and failures prompt more effort and new approaches, or fixed mindsets, where intelligence is seen as immutable and failures indicate lack of intelligence. One's mindset in general may be different from that for a particular domain such as engineering. Having a growth mindset predicts more positive learning outcomes.

Author/Presenter: 
Pamela S. Lottero‐Perdue
Cathy P. Lachapelle
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This article describes the general and engineering mindsets of students in fifth‐grade U.S. classrooms (ages 10 and 11) who received engineering instruction. It explores how general mindsets may predict engineering learning outcomes and how engineering mindsets may be predicted by general mindset and other variables.

“You are Never too Little to Understand Your Culture”: Strengthening Early Childhood Teachers through the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators

There is international and widespread recognition that early childhood education must be fully inclusive and based on the language, culture, and epistemology of local Indigenous communities (Kitson, 2010). Early childhood education (ECE) programs can only deliver on the promises ofculturally responsive schooling (Castagno & Brayboy, 2008; McCarty & Lee, 2014) when “staff members understand cultural expectations, relationships, and the subtleties of communication, including non-verbalcommunication” within the community (Kitson & Bowes, 2010, p.86).

Author/Presenter: 
Angelina E. Castagno
Tiffany Tracy
Desiree Denny
Breanna Davis
Hosava Kretzmann
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This article describes one effort to strengthen early childhood teaching in schools on the Navajo Nation that centers the work of two teachers within a program attempting to support teachers in the development of academically rigorous, culturally responsive curriculum across the Navajo Nation.

K–12 DREAMS to Teach Program at Morehouse College

This study explores the pathways to K–12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instruction among Black/African American males in the Discovery Research Education for African American Men in STEM to Teach (DREAMS to Teach) program at Morehouse College, a Historically Black College and University located in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Many studies articulate the importance of cultural alignment between students and their instructors’ influence on STEM participation and persistence.

Author/Presenter: 
Cynthia Trawick
Thema Monroe-White
Jigsa A. Tola
Jamie P. Clayton
J. K. Haynes
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This study explores the pathways to K–12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instruction among Black/African American males in the Discovery Research Education for African American Men in STEM to Teach (DREAMS to Teach) program at Morehouse College

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