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Art2STEM: Building a STEM Workforce at the Middle School Level

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.228.1 - 22.228.7



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Sydney Rogers Alignment Nashville

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Sydney Rogers is the Executive Director of Alignment Nashville, a non-profit dedicated to strategic alignment of community organizations with public education. She was formerly Vice President and Dean for Technologies at Nashville State Community College where she led several STEM workforce initiatives funded by NSF.

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Sandra Harris Alignment Nashville and PENCIL Foundation

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Sandra Harris is the Program Manager for Art2STEM, a three-year grant funded by the National Science Foundation and seeking to impact the number of middle shool girls enrolling in STEM career paths once in high school. She was formerly the Technical Director and Community Access Coordinator for The Renaissance Center.

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Ismail Fidan Tennessee Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ismail Fidan is a faculty member at the college of engineering of Tennessee Tech University. His research and teaching interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, distance learning and STEM education. Dr. Fidan is a senior member and active participant of SME, ASME, IEEE, and ASEE.

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David McNeel Education Consultant

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David McNeel is currently consultant to Metro Nashville Public Schools in high school redesign. He has served as PI and Co-PI on previous STEM-related grants and in addition to Art 2 STEM is currently Co-PI on an NSF grant at University of Massachusetts Boston investigating successful scaling strategies for innovations in technological education.

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Art2STEM: Building a STEM Workforce at the Middle School LevelArt2STEM is a strategy project funded by the National Science Foundation, and it is currently inits second phase. Project partners are Alignment Nashville, PENCIL Foundation, MetropolitanNashville Public Schools, Adventure Science Center, Tennessee Tech University, and Edvantia.Through the project, 7th – 9th grade girls learn that creative design, analytical programming, andproduction (with AliceTM, SporeTM, SolidWORKSTM, Rapid Prototyping, etc.) are an importantpart of the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The projectpartners of Art2STEM anticipate that girls who participate through afterschool programs,industry visits, summer camps, and extensive university activities develop a solid foundation onSTEM for their own future and career. Project deliverables are measured and assessed informative and summative settings. Based on feedback received from the project’s evaluationmanager, continuous improvement of Art2STEM is discussed by the project partners in weeklyImplementation Team meetings and corrective actions are produced and implemented in the keydeliverables of the Art2STEM project. The current situation of Art2STEM and the key results ofthe project’s summative and formative evaluation will be highlighted in the final paper.

Rogers, S., & Harris, S., & Fidan, I., & McNeel, D. (2011, June), Art2STEM: Building a STEM Workforce at the Middle School Level Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17509

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