June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Enhancing Teacher Knowledge and Skills in Modern Manufacturing
This Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program enhances the knowledge and skill-level of middle/high school teachers in both traditional and advanced manufacturing, specifically in manufacturing processes, materials, and metrology techniques.
Twelve teachers were hosted at Texas A&M University (TAMU) for 6 weeks last summer. The target school districts were those near TAMU especially those in rural areas, or with a large number of under-represented students. Among the 12 participants (ten in-service teachers and two pre-service teachers), 11 were from under-represented group (92%), and five were female (42%). During the training period, the teachers took part in capsulated technical sessions (metrology, conventional machining, computer aided drafting/machining, and additive manufacturing), complementary lab practice, field tours, research seminars, and guided research projects. The deliverables from the program included an implementation lesson/lab plan, as well as dissemination of newly acquired knowledge at annual teacher summit. The participants also summarized their studies and shared their posters with other research students and teachers from different RET programs.
The expected outcomes of this program will be the transferring of acquired practical knowledge and skills to excite, empower, and educate students through new class/lab activities; this will enable and inspire students to effectively participate in science/engineering projects as well as to pursue manufacturing careers. Nine out of ten in-service teachers have agreed and in the process of implementing new knowledges and activities into their curriculums.
Hung, W. P., & Kuttolamadom, M., & Tornquist, S. (2019, June), Board 94: Enhancing Teacher Knowledge and Skills in Modern Manufacturing Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32465
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