Using design-based research, with teachers as design partners, the project will create and refine project-based, hands-on robotics curricula such that science and math content inherent in robotics and related engineering design practices are learned. To provide teachers with effective models to capitalize on robotics for elucidating science and math concepts, a design-based Professional Development program will be built using principles of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK).
About Me (Bio):
Vikram Kapila is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, where he directs a Mechatronics and Control Laboratory, a Research Experience for Teachers Site in Mechatronics and Entrepreneurship, a GK-12 Fellows project, and a DR K-12 research project, all funded by NSF. He has held visiting positions with the Air Force Research Laboratories in Dayton, OH. His research interests are in K-12 STEM education, mechatronics, robotics, and control system technology. Under Research Experience for Teachers Site and GK-12 Fellows programs, funded by NSF, and the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI), funded by six philanthropic foundations, he has conducted significant K-12 education, training, mentoring, and outreach activities to integrate engineering concepts in science classrooms and labs of dozens of New York City public schools. He received NYU-Poly’s 2002, 2008, 2011, and 2014 Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, 2002 Jacobs Innovation Grant, 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award, and 2012 Inaugural Distinguished Award for Excellence in the category Inspiration through Leadership. In 2004, he was selected for a three-year term as a Senior Faculty Fellow of NYU-Poly’s Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. His scholarly activities have included 3 edited books, 7 chapters in edited books, 1 book review, 55 journal articles, and 108 conference papers. He has mentored 1 B.S., 16 M.S., and 4 Ph.D. thesis students; 31 undergraduate research students and 11 undergraduate senior design project teams; over 300 K-12 teachers and 100 high school student researchers; and 18 undergraduate GK-12 Fellows and 59 graduate GK-12 Fellows. Moreover, he directs K-12 education, training, mentoring, and outreach programs that currently enrich the STEM education of over 1,500 students annually.
Citations of DRK-12 or Related Work (DRK-12 work is denoted by *):
- Ghosh, S., Krishnan, V.J., Borges Rajguru, S., and Kapila, V., “Middle School Teacher Professional Development in Creating a NGSS-plus-5E Robotics Curriculum (Fundamental),” Proc. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/33108.*
- You, H.S., Chacko, S.M., Borges Rajguru, S., and Kapila, V., “Designing Robotics-based Science Lessons Aligned with the Three Dimensions of NGSS-plus-5E Model: A Content Analysis (Fundamental),” Proc. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32622.*
- You, H.S., Chacko, S.M., and Kapila, V., “Teaching Science with Technology: Science and Engineering Practices of Middle School Science Teachers Engaged in a Professional Development for Robotics Integration into Classroom (Fundamental),” Proc. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/33353.*
- Krishnamoorthy, S., Borges Rajguru, S., and Kapila, V., “Designing NGSS-Aligned Lesson Plans during a Teacher Professional Development Program (Fundamental),” Proc. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32621.*
- Krishnan, V.J., Borges Rajguru, S., and Kapila, V., “Analyzing Successful Teaching Practices in Middle School Science and Math Classrooms when using Robotics (Fundamental), Proc. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32092.*