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Building Circuits with Logic Gates to Demonstrate Mathematical Logic (P12 Resource Exchange)

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Curriculum and Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Krystal S. Corbett Cyber Innovation Center

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Dr. Krystal Corbett is the Director of Curricula at the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2008/2010), M.S. in Mathematics (2012), and Ph.D. in Engineering Education (2012) at Louisiana Tech University. Through the CIC, Dr. Corbett manages various educational enterprises. Additionally, she is designing and implementing a three-part middle school elective course, STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply, which fosters excitement in STEM.

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Joshua M. Coriell Cyber Innovation Center

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Joshua Coriell is a Curriculum Development Specialist at the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in with a B.S. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching. He is currently getting his Ph.D. in Computational Analysis and Modeling while working on K-12 STEM curriculum and teacher professional development.

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Sara Hahler Louisiana Tech University

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Sara Hahler is a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University. She received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics education in 2012 from Louisiana College and is currently enrolled in the Computational Analysis and Modeling PhD program at Louisiana Tech. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a tutor for the mathematics department at Louisiana College. In 2015 she earned her Masters of Mathematics and Statistics from Louisiana Tech. Currently, she is performing research in the area of mathematics education exploring the connection between high school ACT mathematics scores and freshmen mathematic/engineering class grades.

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Mathematical logic is a difficult concept for many students to understand due to its abstract nature. However, it is a foundational topic that fosters problem solving and critical thinking skills for students in engineering and science disciplines. _______ has developed a high school curriculum that uses logic gates to provide a tangible application for the concept. Students learn about different logical operations and apply these operators with different applicable integrated circuits. Students use the circuits to develop logic tables and deduce the type of logic gate used in the circuitry. Curriculum materials including notes and circuitry components will be presented at the resource exchange.

Corbett, K. S., & Coriell, J. M., & Hahler, S. (2016, June), Building Circuits with Logic Gates to Demonstrate Mathematical Logic (P12 Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26405

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