Engineering

“Zooming In” on Robotics during COVID-19: A Preservice Teacher, an Engineering Student, and a 5th Grader Engineer Robotic Flowers via Zoom

The COVID-19 induced school shutdown dramatically decreased students’ hands-on STEM learning opportunities. An NSF-funded program partnering preservice teachers and undergraduate engineering students to teach robotics to fifth graders was adapted to a virtual format via Zoom. A case study intimately explored one team’s experience as they engineered bio-inspired robots over five weekly sessions. Zoom recordings, written reflections, and lesson slides were analyzed to describe how the virtual context shaped the lesson and influenced the preservice teacher’s experience.

Author/Presenter: 
Jennifer Kidd
Krishna Kaipa
Kristie Gutierrez
Pilar Pazos
Orlando Ayala
Stacie Ringleb
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Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

An NSF-funded program partnering preservice teachers and undergraduate engineering students to teach robotics to fifth graders was adapted to a virtual format via Zoom. A case study intimately explored one team’s experience as they engineered bio-inspired robots over five weekly sessions.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) Full Proposal Deadline

Event Date: 
Wed, 07/21/2021 - 5:00pm
Sponsoring Organization: 

Institutional and Community Transformation Capacity-Building Proposals
Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation Level 1 Proposals

Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505082&org=EHR&sel_org=....

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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
Associated Dates and Deadlines: 

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.

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