June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.260.1 - 13.260.12
Broadening Rapid Prototyping Awareness via P16 STEM Teacher Workshops
The Objectives of the NSF CCLI Phase 1 Award 0536509 are to provide exposure to, and dissemination of, state of the art rapid prototyping technology to educational institutions that do not otherwise have access to such technology. These objectives are accomplished through the development of an Internet based remotely accessible rapid prototyping laboratory. As part of the project deliverables, the project team has been conducting P16 STEM teacher workshops for the last two years. This paper will report on the structure of the workshops, survey data collected from the teachers, and practices that have been implemented by instructors and teachers at their host institutions.
Project principal investigators have attended various Rapid Prototyping workshops before and reported on the best practices in various publications1. As part of NSF CCLI award, two workshops have been organized thus far. In each workshop, ten teachers have been recruited and trained in the use of rapid prototyping technology with emphasis on its use in STEM related disciplines.
In 2006, ten K-12 teachers attended training seminars at the TTU campus rapid prototyping laboratory. The training exercises included the production of rapid prototype models of a Porsche automobile. Follow-up training and laboratory visits have been scheduled for these teachers’ students.
In 2007, ten higher education faculty (2 from universities, 8 from community colleges) were trained using the lab’s remote access capabilities. Sample part prototype models were produced and mailed directly to the participating faculty. The remote lab has been used during the Fall 2007 semester for course projects, case studies, and student homework assignments.
During the semester, students submitted course exercise assignment model files and project model files to the course instructors. In some cases, the instructors chose the best student submissions for prototyping in the remote laboratory. At the end of the semester, teacher and student feedback was obtained using an IRB approved survey instrument.
This paper will provide an analysis of the teacher and student feedback information.
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