Rodney Custer

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About Me (Bio)
Dr. Custer is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University. He has been researching secondary level engineering teacher professional development for the past ten years including identifying a conceptual base for engineering, developing instrumentation to assess engineering knowledge and capability, and conducting professional development for science and technology education teachers.
Black Hills State University (BHSU), Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston), Purdue University

This project will determine the viability of an engineering concept-based approach to teacher professional development for secondary school science teachers in life science and in physical science. The project refines the conceptual base for engineering at the secondary level learning to increase the understanding of engineering concepts by the science teachers. The hypothesis is that when teachers and students engage with engineering design activities their understanding of science concepts and inquiry are also enhanced.