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A Neat (New Engineering And Applied Technology) Workshop For Secondary Teachers

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.64.1 - 6.64.6



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John Steele

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Session Number 2793

A NEAT (New Engineering and Applied Technology) Workshop for Secondary Teachers

John P. H. Steele Engineering Division Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado


In the summer of 2000, CSM hosted a weeklong workshop for secondary mathematics and science teachers. The NEAT (New Engineering and Applied Technology) workshop had a mission of providing information about and experience with engineering for teachers in primary and secondary schools. The teachers, who attended, participated in a combination of presentations, laboratory experiments, pedagogical discussions and field trips to engineering companies. Post workshop evaluations and interviews established that this pilot workshop was viewed as a strong success by the teachers who attended. Expansion of the program is planned for 2001. A description of the program is given here in hopes of aiding others in their development of similar activities.


The objectives of the workshop were threefold: • First, we hoped to develop, among the teachers who attended a better understanding of what engineers do. • Second, we wanted to provide these teachers with an in-depth exposure to some aspects of our engineering curriculum at CSM. • Third, the workshop wanted to provide materials and experiences from the workshop that would be taken, by these teachers, back to their classrooms and shared with their students. The purpose of these objectives is to make teachers better equipped to • have a good appreciation for the engineering profession, • be able to describe engineering careers to their students, • provide their students with better information about possible future career paths that include engineering, mathematics and science and be able to describe the type of preparation the students will need to be successful in engineering school.

As indicated in the exit survey given the participants, the workshop was very successful in enhancing their understanding of the engineering profession. In addition, they voiced a strong approval for the workshop and indicated that they would all recommend it to their colleagues. It seems clear that we had a positive impact on their view of

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Steele, J. (2001, June), A Neat (New Engineering And Applied Technology) Workshop For Secondary Teachers Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9595

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