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Board 127: Collaborative Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Experiences for Teachers (CoMET) Train-the-Trainer Model of Supports

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Diversity

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6

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10.18260/1-2--32224

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https://peer.asee.org/32224

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Eleazar Vasquez III University of Central Florida

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Director and Associate Professor for the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute and the College for Community Innovation and Education.

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Melissa A. Dagley University of Central Florida

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Melissa Dagley is the Executive Director of Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Dagley serves as Director of the previously NSF-funded STEP 1a program “EXCEL:UCF-STEP Pathways to STEM: From Promise to Prominence" and PI for the NSF-funded STEP 1b program “Convincing Outstanding-Math-Potential Admits to Succeed in STEM (COMPASS)”. She is currently a Co-PI for the Girls EXCELling in Math and Science (GEMS) and WISE@UCF industry funded women’s mentoring initiatives. Through iSTEM Dr. Dagley works to promote and enhance collaborative efforts on STEM education and research by bringing together colleges, centers, and institutes on campus, as well as other stakeholders with similar interest in STEM initiatives. Her research interests lie in the areas of student access to education, sense of community, retention, first-year experience, living-learning communities, and persistence to graduation for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.

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Hyoung Jin Cho University of Central Florida Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6563-4317

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Hyoung Jin Cho is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2002, MS and BS in Materials Engineering from Seoul National University in 1991 and 1989, respectively. He was a recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2004. His main research interest is in the development of microscale actuators, sensors and microfluidic components based on micro- and nanotechnology.

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Damla Turgut University of Central Florida

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Damla Turgut is Charles Millican Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida. She received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include wireless ad hoc, sensor, underwater and vehicular networks, cloud computing, smart cities, IoT-enabled healthcare and augmented reality, as well as considerations of privacy in the Internet of Things. She is also interested in applying big data techniques for improving STEM education for women and minorities as well as the digitization of STEM assessments. She is PI and Co-PI for NSF-funded REU and RET programs respectively. She co-led iSTEM Fellows program at UCF during 2016-2017 AY. Her recent honors and awards include Charles Millican Eminent Scholar Faculty Fellow Professorship in July 2018, Women Distinction Award by UCF Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty in September 2018, University Excellence Award in Professional Service in April 2017 and being featured in the UCF Women Making History series in March 2015. She was co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICC 2013. Dr. Turgut serves as a member of the editorial board and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and International conferences. She is a member of IEEE, ACM, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honorary society.

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Alireza Karbalaei University of Central Florida

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The author is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida and is anticipated to graduate in Spring 2019. He has two masters degrees one in mechanical engineering from UCF and another in aerospace engineering form Sharif University of Technology. He currently works in the Nanofabrication and BioMEMS Laboratory at UCF and his research areas include Nanofabrication, Microfluidics, Sensors and Actuators, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Optimization, and Mathematical Modeling.

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Abstract

Teaching and learning are at the nexus of education. Unlocking the human potential within every learner will result in harnessing intellectual capital for solving society’s most challenging problems and saving billions of dollars. Teachers are struggling to prepare college and career ready students. Many traditional teachers struggle to integrate technology during their lessons. Teachers who have spent years teaching at the secondary level often struggle to make the shift from remedial instruction to compensatory strategies that promote independence.

Our solution is to support the STEM educational services for teachers and students in K-12 by providing quality interdisciplinary experiences that are relevant to technical development. The RET site program aims at creating a critical mass of highly qualified teacher trainers who will ensure quality of pre-service and in- service teacher education. This project provides K-12 teachers with a hands-on experience covering the entirety of a component of the Internet of Things, from the manufacturing of a sensor, to the hardware and software allowing it to connect to the Internet. The United States K-12 education system has extensively adopted a traditional internet model. Students regularly use internet-connected tablets and computers from an early age. However, the Internet of Things represents a significant disruption to the usual concept of “web browsing”. Our RET program provides participants with multiple experiences by rotating teachers into four different laboratories where they will learn about the practice of engineering under the guidance of faculty and graduate student mentors.

One unique aspect of our project is the use of a train-the-trainer model. Train-the-trainer is a widely used educational technique where subject matter experts train the less experienced instructors through a workshop who then can train others. In the train-the-trainer model in our institution, successful teachers from a previous year return to help new trainees prepare to assist in the delivery of instructional material. This paper presentation will provide information on the theory behind the train-the-trainer model along with the experiences at our university including the preparation of the trainers, creation of the trainer manual, an overview of the year one teacher roles and experiences, as well as feedback received by our cohorts over the last two years. Finally, collaborative faculty will provide their perspective and achievements within the RET project.

Vasquez, E., & Dagley, M. A., & Cho, H. J., & Turgut, D., & Karbalaei, A. (2019, June), Board 127: Collaborative Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Experiences for Teachers (CoMET) Train-the-Trainer Model of Supports Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32224

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