June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.86.1 - 10.86.5
A Simple Workshop on Project Teams for Secondary School Technology and Science Teachers and Their Students
Michael Marcus Penn State University – York Campus
As a faculty member teaching in Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs, I was interested in finding simple ways to promote interest in these fields for middle school and high school students. I have attended a "Recruitment and Retention Strategies" conference supported by NSF to come up with some ideas. In addition, I have attended ASEE presentations on "Promoting ET thru K-12 projects" and I have been a reviewer of papers on this topic.
I have visited many of the local high schools and given presentations during career days and also presented at our campus during open house activities, but I was looking for a different approach. Many of the projects such as "Project Lead the Way"1 are great but they are quite involved and take a significant commitment. What I describe in this paper is a simple project that I used involving teachers and their students that I thought was quite successful. This project was easily manageable for a faculty member acting alone or with a few other faculty members.
Some of the teachers and students involved in the project were from schools with large minority populations and as a result of this a small grant was obtained. As an incentive, the teachers received credit for the workshop and were given robotic equipment from LEGO MindStorms for their classroom that was used during the workshop.
The first part of this project involved York area secondary school technology and science teachers participating in a workshop on team problem solving and providing them with robotic engineering technology kits for their use in the classroom.
The second part of this project involved one of the teachers from the workshop bringing in thirty students to Penn State York and applying these team problem solving techniques using the Lego kits; also, a workshop on Computer Aided design was presented. In addition, these students were presented admissions and financial information for college. Funding for this project came from a local entrepreneur fund, and a Penn State University Equal Opportunity Planning Committee2 (EOPC) fund.
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Educators Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Educators
Marcus, M. (2005, June), A Simple Workshop On Project Teams For Secondary School Technology And Science Teachers And Their Students Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/15176
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