June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.331.1 - 23.331.7
Connecting Research and Teaching Through Product Innovation: Quality of Life Technology RET SiteThe purpose of this presentation is to convey a successful approach to the NSF ResearchExperience for Teachers (RET) program as evidenced by our “Connecting Research andTeaching Through Product Innovation: Quality of Life Technology RET Site”. Our RET has aQuality of Life Technology (QoLT) engineering research theme and a focus on math throughproduct development economics. The success of our method involves a seamless year-roundapproach to incorporate research and academic year teaching via a common product innovationand experiential learning focus. The key partnership between the fabrication capabilities at theHuman Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), curriculum reform expertise from theLearning Research and Development Center (LRDC), and innovative research and product ideasfrom the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center allows for a multidisciplinaryapproach and multi-step program. First, our comprehensive team effort provides teachers within-depth engineering experiences that translates research into innovative products and motivatesthem to teach their students about engineering and innovation. Second, participants complete acourse on product innovation that includes design, development, and evaluation of technologiesin addition to the processes of bringing these products to market. Third, through a professionaldevelopment series, the participants create design-based learning (DBL) units that includeproduct development economics and other math concepts related to innovation. Science andmath teachers work together to facilitate units that allow their students to produce prototypes andcommercialization plans of Quality of Life Technologies. Top teams from each classroomcompete in a district-wide design competition against other RET participants’ students(approximately 125 students each year). We assess the program through recruitment goals(number of participants from high-needs school districts), exposure among urban students(outreach through our DBL units), evaluation of participants’ productivity in engineeringresearch (patents and publications), evidence of student interest in pursuing engineering as acareer, and evidence of student learning in science and mathematics.
Goldberg, M. R., & Pearlman, J., & Schunn, C. D., & Reynolds, B., & Brown, S. R. (2013, June), Connecting Research and Teaching Through Product Innovation: Quality of Life Technology RET Site Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19345
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