June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Pre-College Engineering Education
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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