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Creating a STEM School Using Engineering Connections

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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23.346.1 - 23.346.10



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Laura Bottomley North Carolina State University

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Dr. Laura Bottomley received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1985 from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1992.
Dr. Bottomley worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of technical staff in Transmission Systems from 1985 to 1987, during which time she worked in ISDN standards, including representing Bell Labs on an ANSI standards committee for physical layer ISDN standards. She received an Exceptional Contribution Award for her work during this time.
After receiving her Ph D., Dr. Bottomley worked as a faculty member at Duke University and consulted with a number of companies, such as Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Ericsson. In 1997 she became a faculty member at NC State University and became the Director of Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach. She has taught classes at the university from the freshman level to the graduate level, and outside the university from the kindergarten level to the high school level. She is currently teaching courses in engineering, electrical engineering and elementary education.
Dr. Bottomley has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical papers, including papers in such diverse journals as the IEEE Industry Applications Magazine and the Hungarian Journal of Telecommunications. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring program award in 1999 and individual award in 2007. She was recognized by the IEEE with an EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education in 2009 and by the YWCA with an appointment to the Academy of Women for Science and Technology in 2008. Her program received the WEPAN Outstanding Women in Engineering Program Award in 2009. In 2011, she was recognized as the Women of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar in the Research Triangle and as the Tarheel of the Week. Her work was featured on the National Science Foundation Discoveries web site. She is a member of Sigma Xi, past chair of the K-12 and Precollege Division of the American Society of Engineering Educators and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Elizabeth A Parry North Carolina State University

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Creating a STEM School Using Engineering ConnectionsRecent attention in K-12 education (and post secondary as well) has been focused on increasingemphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Efforts to create STEM schoolsare wide-spread, but there is no single paradigm under which this development is taking place. Someschools emphasis one part more than another, while others have a more integrated approach, evenbringing in other subject areas such as arts and the humanities. The state of North Carolina represents amicrocosm of the rest of the country in terms of these efforts. Many county school systems areimplementing their own definitions of STEM, even as the state Department of Public Instruction definesits own definitions of STEM schools. This paper will discuss how the Colleges of Engineering andEducation at a public institution have worked with a set of schools to define themselves as STEM. Thepaper will discuss how the schools addressed their look and feel, as well as how they defined theircurricular approaches, even writing some of their own curriculum. The role of engineering in the variousapproaches will be highlighted. The STEM rubrics from the state of North Carolina will be used toevaluate the various schools and their approaches.

Bottomley, L., & Parry, E. A. (2013, June), Creating a STEM School Using Engineering Connections Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19360

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