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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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A Transformative Apprentice Research STEM Program (RTP – Strand 4)Abstract – This paper presents a Transformative Apprentice Research (TAR) STEM program forhigh school students. The TAR-STEM program consists of a long term research component anda supportive and rigorous STEM curriculum. The curriculum consists of three distinctcomponents: 1) existing science, mathematics, and other core/elective courses such as would befound in a traditional high school program, 2) three specialized courses that include anintroduction to research method and two Technology and Engineering courses, and 3) aUniversity- or industry-based research mentorship that starts in the summer of the 10th gradeculminating in a senior capstone project. The research method class in 10th grade is designed toprovide sophomore students in the program with a vital, year long, full-emersion experience intothe processes and activities involved with scientific and engineering research. The firsttechnology and engineering course, also in 10th grade, introduces students to the technologicaltools and the application of those tools in science and engineering. MATLAB software is usedto learn the basics of programming, how to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create modelsand applications in an interactive environment. The second technology and engineering course,in the 11th grade, introduces students to science and engineering practices through modern,hands-on experiments. Students will apply programming and electronics knowledge to theRaspberry Pi computer and interface with a variety of sensors for real world data collection forrobotics platforms for understanding basic concepts in kinetics, control, programming, intelligentsystems and other similar projects related to engineering solutions for environmental issues andrenewable energy. These courses integrate a wide variety of university- and industry-basedresearch topics as students participate in their research mentorship. The TAR-STEM programhas been developed and implemented by a research University College of Engineering and apublic high school. This program promotes students’ learning of science and engineeringpractices as envisioned by the NRC Framework and recommended by the Next GenerationScience Standards (NGSS). The TAR-STEM students have demonstrated a greater appreciationand enrollment in science and engineering disciplines.
Musavi, M., & James, C. E. (2015, June), A Transformative Apprentice Research STEM Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23469
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