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Assessment of a Collaborative NSF RET Program Focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session I

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

14

DOI

10.18260/p.26325

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https://peer.asee.org/26325

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40

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Margaret Pinnell University of Dayton

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Dr. Margaret Pinnell is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Development in the school of engineering and associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton. She teaches undergraduate and graduate materials related courses including Introduction to Materials, Materials Laboratory, Engineering Innovation, Biomaterials and Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology (ETHOS). She was director of the (Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning) for approximately ten years. She has incorporated service-learning projects into her classes and laboratories since she started teaching in 2000. Her research interests include community engaged learning and pedagogy, K-12 outreach, biomaterials and materials testing and analysis.

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Melissa Rose Taylor University of Dayton

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Ahsan Mian Wright State Unviersity

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Ahsan Mian received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, AL in 2000.
Ahsan Mian joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University (WSU) as an Associate Professor in January 2013. He was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman, Montana prior to joining WSU. He was a faculty member of MSU from August 2005 to December 2012. From 2002 to 2005, he was a visiting faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Wayne State University. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Mian worked as a designer for Visteon Corporation’s automotive electronics division located in Dearborn, Michigan. He also served as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, BUET from 1988 to 1993. Dr. Mian’s research interests include advanced manufacturing; silicon micro-fabrication; micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMS); and electronic and MEMS Packaging. He has authored over 85 technical publications, book chapter, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Mian is a recipient of MSU President’s Pure Gold Award (2012), ASEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Division Best Paper Award (ASEE Conference 2011), IMAPS Conference Best Paper Award (1999), and Graduate Research Forum Award (1998).

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Sandra M Preiss Dayton Regional STEM Center

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Sandra Preiss, is the Coordinator for the Dayton Regional STEM Center.  She has served the STEM Center since December 2008 in various capacities.  Her current role includes operational management; program management; innovation management; educator professional development; and curriculum generation and editing.  Sandra, a licensed high school science educator, has taught in academic and informal educational settings ranging from early childhood through high school.

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Leanne Petry Central State University

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M. Suzanne Franco

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Wright State University

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Abstract

Manufacturing is a key pillar to economic vitality and growth in the United States (US). However, the US faces increasing competition in the area of manufacturing from across the globe. As such the future of the US’s role in manufacturing requires innovation, cutting-edge and sustainable technologies, and new materials. Furthermore, this new era of manufacturing will require a well-educated and well prepared STEM workforce. Since the task of inspiring and preparing K-12 students in STEM falls largely on K-12 teachers, it is critical that the teachers understand the role of materials and manufacturing in the US and are provided with the tools and knowledge that will empower them to get children excited about STEM as well as careers in materials and advanced manufacturing. The main objective of the Collaborative Research Experience for Teachers Program entitled Inspiring The Next Generation of a Highly-Skilled Workforce in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials was to provide current and future middle and high school teachers with the skills required to successfully engage their students in STEM learning experiences by immersing these teachers in real world engineering research that was thematically centered around materials and advanced manufacturing. This collaborative RET site placed teachers and pre-service teachers with research mentors at one of three regional universities to work on engineering research projects that connect with regional strengths in advanced manufacturing and materials. Participating teachers and pre-service teachers joined other professionals in the region in an immersive materials “bootcamp” facilitated by ASM prior to the start of their research experience. Field trips, guest speakers and group work that produced K12 curriculum complimented the teams’ research experience. During the culminating activities, the groups presented the STEM curriculum developed, the final laboratory project results and provided regular guided reflections regarding their efforts during the six week program. Local System Change (LSC), Mathematics Teaching Efficacy and Beliefs Instrument (MTEBI) and Science Teaching Efficacy and Beliefs Instrument (STEBI) surveys were administered to identify changes in attitudes, beliefs and practices. Results of the evaluation suggest that this collaborative RET program was successful at meetings its nine objectives and positively impacting the attitude, beliefs and practices of the participating teachers. Feedback obtained from the teachers will be used to modify the program for the next cohort.

Pinnell, M., & Taylor, M. R., & Mian, A., & Preiss, S. M., & Petry, L., & Franco, M. S. (2016, June), Assessment of a Collaborative NSF RET Program Focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26325

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