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Certificate/Concentration in Engineering for P-12 Educators

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.315.1 - 22.315.8



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AnnMarie Thomas University of Saint Thomas

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AnnMarie Thomas is an assistant professor of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and co-director of the UST Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education. Her teaching and research focus on Engineering Design and K-12 Engineering Education. Prior to her appointment at UST, she was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design.

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Jan B Hansen University of Saint Thomas

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Jan B. Hansen is co-director of the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas. Her current interests as an educational psychologist focus on outreach through the nonprofit "Educate Tanzania" of which she is president and CEO.

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Certificate/Concentration in Engineering for P-12 EducatorsThe engineering community has called for the integration of engineering content into the P-12curriculum. However, universities have been slow to offer engineering content courses andprograms designed for students preparing for careers in education. While a number ofworkshops and summer academies exist, their focus is often on specific engineering activities forthe classroom. As P-12 teachers tend to lack confidence in their knowledge of engineering andtheir ability to incorporate it into their teaching, programs which strive to give P-12 teachers adepth and breadth of engineering knowledge become more important. The CCLI projectpresented in this paper focuses on the creation of a minor in Engineering Education forundergraduate students majoring in Education. Preliminary results from the first six months ofthis project will be presented. Details on the courses encompassed by the minor, as well as therecruitment and retention plan for the minor are presented.

Thomas, A., & Hansen, J. B. (2011, June), Certificate/Concentration in Engineering for P-12 Educators Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17596

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