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Board 94: Enhancing Teacher Knowledge and Skills in Modern Manufacturing

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Manufacturing Division Poster Session

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Wayne P. Hung Texas A&M University

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Dr. Wayne Hung graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Hung is currently an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hung's research interests include novel materials and micromanufacturing.

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Mathew Kuttolamadom Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mathew Kuttolamadom is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Clemson University’s Int'l Center for Automotive Research. His professional experience is in the automotive industry including at the Ford Motor Company. At TAMU, he teaches Mechanics, Manufacturing and Mechanical Design to his students. His research thrusts include bioinspired functionally-graded composites, additive/subtractive manufacturing processes, laser surface texturing, tribology, visuo-haptic VR/AR interfaces and engineering education.

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Shelly Tornquist Texas A&M University

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Director of Spark! PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach with Texas A&M University Engineering. Her team strives to ignite and foster an engineering spirit from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Dedicated to harnessing the educational power of the maker movement, Spark! was awarded a mobile makerspace from Andeavor, and strives to empower the PK-12 educator by offering professional development through its Maker U program. Spark! is also the new home of the State Science and Engineering Fair of Texas hosting 4,000 6th-12th grade students.

Prior to Texas A&M, she was a Master Teacher in Spring Branch Independent School District for 26 years and a Department Chair for Memorial High School in Houston, Texas. Always interested in unleashing the imagination of students, she was one of the first to incorporate 3D printing in her classroom in Texas and was awarded the PTA District School Bell Award for her service in STEM Education.

She has been a leader in engineering education in the state of Texas throughout her career. Projects include creating and leading new teacher boot camps, developing the Texas standards for the Math/Physical Science/Engineering teacher certification and most recently developing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills frameworks in STEM education. Widely known for her work with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), she served as the State Lead Master Teacher training over 700 teachers in PLTW Core Training Institutes for 15 years.

Shelly holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Design and Development and an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership. She believes in empowering teachers, who then empower students to go out and change our world.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--32465

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