June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
With the changed focus of science education due to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), K-12 teachers are becoming increasingly more knowledgeable about engineering and the engineering design process. This knowledge comes from a variety of programs and experiences, many of which provide the teachers with an opportunity to develop Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STE(A)M) curriculum or activities that they can take back and use in their classroom. This paper will describe such a program and explore how an applied creativity mindset could be used to drive process oriented, innovative learning in engineering for teachers and also help them develop highly engaging curriculum. As part of an engineering research program for teachers, K-12 teachers participated in a curriculum ideation day at the PLACE. The goal of the PLACE is to empower participants to confidently develop the imaginative and creative skills necessary for ‘humanity-centered’ innovation that enables humans to flourish, while impacting today’s innovative and global workforce. Central to the PLACE is the use of practices and processes employed across the spectrum of creative identities, such as sculpture, music, creative writing, installation art and more. By having the teachers engage in the ideation process and then later use the engineering design process to create curriculum they were able to engage in the process of engineering design in the context of their normal subject expertise. These experiences helped to create a mindset for collaboration and creativity in problem solving with curriculum design that resulted in curriculum ideas that incorporated creativity, engineering design process, curriculum content depth and subject integration. Qualitative data suggests that the teachers gained a great deal from the ideation process including innovative classroom techniques to inspire creativity and problem definition strategies in the engineering design process.
Doudican, B., & Pinnell, M., & LaDuca, B. L. (2017, June), Board # 87 : Employing Applied Creativity and the Engineering Design Process in the Development of K-12 STE(A)M Curriculum (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27944
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