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Board # 104 :Measuring Engineering Perceptions of Fifth-grade Minority Students with the Draw-an-Engineer-Test (DAET) (Work In Progress)

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2018

Conference Session

Pre-college Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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9

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Anna Danielle Newley Sonoran Schools

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Anna Newley received a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She was an employee with the Tempe Elementary School District as a kindergarten, and second grade teacher, and instructional assistant until 2012. From 2012 to the current, she has been employed with the Sonoran Schools District. Presently, at Sonoran Science Academy-Phoenix, she is a fifth grade teacher. She is the contact for several grants awarded to the school. Mrs. Newley coaches the exploratory robotics club for grades K-8, and the competitive high school robotics team, FTC. She contributed to international published papers, national proceedings, is the process of writing several children's books, and has presented a workshop on robotics for elementary school students.

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Erdogan Kaya University of Nevada Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3211-3259

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Erdogan Kaya is a PhD student in science education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is working as a graduate assistant and teaching science methods courses. Prior to beginning the PhD program, he received his MS degree in computer science and engineering. He coached robotics teams and was awarded several grants that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). He has been volunteering in many education outreach programs including Science Fair and Robotics programs such as First Robotics competitions. Over the past four years, he published several journal papers and presented at national and international conferences. Areas of research interest include science and technology education, STEM, and robotics in science education.

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Ezgi Yesilyurt University of Nevada Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1444-1048

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Ezgi Yesilyurt is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction/science education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is working as a graduate assistant and teaching science methods courses. She received her MS degree and BS degree in elementary science education. She participated European Union Projects in which she conducted series of professional development programs for in-service science teachers. Areas of research interest are engineering education, inquiry learning and evolution education.

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Hasan Deniz University of Nevada

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Hasan Deniz is an Associate Professor of Science Education at University of Nevada Las Vegas. He teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses in science education program at University of Nevada Las Vegas. His research agenda includes epistemological beliefs in science and evolution education. He is recently engaged in professional development activities supported by several grants targeting to increase elementary teachers’ knowledge and skills to integrate science, language arts, and engineering education within the context of Next Generation Science Standards.

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Abstract

The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in many states has increased the interest in integrating engineering curriculum into K-12 science education. The focus of this paper is to examine the evolution of 26 fifth grade students knowledge of engineers after experiencing one Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit. The students completed the DAET as a pre- and post-survey for their first engineering project. This work covers two sections: (a) To what extent are fifth grade minority students’ perceptions of engineering changed after a unit of EiE curriculum? (b) How does gender influence fifth grade students’ perceptions of engineering? Based on the analysis of our preliminary data, there was an increase in students’ connection to engineers and creating. Data also revealed that more female students drew female engineers than male students. However, the majority of engineers in the DAET were still drawn with male characteristics by female and male students. Female students showed the greatest growth in defining what engineers do, but male students began the intervention with a much more developed understanding of engineering. All students increased interest in STEM careers in the post test. The results of this study may be used as a baseline to address the needs of minority students in elementary engineering curriculum. Results of this work in progress are consistent with previous research. Additionally, results also showed that students held naïve conceptions about engineering, but by the posttest, they were more informed about engineering. Keywords: EiE, NGSS, engineering design process, gender, minorities, elementary, engineering education

Newley, A. D., & Kaya, E., & Yesilyurt, E., & Deniz, H. (2017, June), Board # 104 :Measuring Engineering Perceptions of Fifth-grade Minority Students with the Draw-an-Engineer-Test (DAET) (Work In Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27675

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