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Curriculum Exchange: Integrating STEM with Local Community Needs

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.432.1 - 26.432.3



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William C. Oakes Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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William (Bill) Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has held courtesy appointments in Mechanical, Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He is a registered professional engineer and on the NSPE board for Professional Engineers in Higher Education. He has been active in ASEE serving in the FPD, CIP and ERM. He is the past chair of the IN/IL section. He is a fellow of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University./ He was the first engineering faculty member to receive the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and the ASEE Chester Carlson Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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Jean M. Trusedell EPICS

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Jean Trusedell is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience working with K-12 Educators and students. Her current project is working with the EPICS at Purdue University to create curriculum that can be used with students to integrate best classroom practices with engineering design. Previously, she was the Science and Technology Coach for MSD of Decatur Township in Indianapolis, IN. Ms. Trusedell is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an interest in formative assessment and its relationship to student achievement.

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Curriculum Exchange: Integrating STEM with Local Community NeedsResearch shows that to linking engineering and the application of STEM content to contextswithin students’ local community can increase motivation to learn and interest in engineering.This curriculum exchange will provide tools and materials for teachers to work with students toidentify applications of STEM topics that address local community needs. These lessons can beused in any STEM course or as part of a larger project effort that engages students in addressingthese needs themselves for grades 5-12. Links to other curriculum materials that have beenadapted from a university course will also be provided.

Oakes, W. C., & Trusedell, J. M. (2015, June), Curriculum Exchange: Integrating STEM with Local Community Needs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23771

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