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Designing STEM Curriculum for K12 Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Curriculum Development

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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23.381.1 - 23.381.11



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MD B. Sarder University of Southern Mississippi

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Dr. Sarder is an associate professor and program coordinator of the industrial engineering technology program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). He is also an assistant director of the center for logistics, trade and transportation. At the USM, he revamped his program by developing as many as fourteen new courses, implementing hands on experience in courses, and delivering online courses for distant students. Dr. Sarder is very active in engineering and technology education research. He has published a book and more than fifty articles in various areas of industrial engineering. He is involved with editorial and professional society activities including ASEE. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Logistics & Transportation Research.

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Designing Curriculum in Logistics Transportation for K12 StudentsOur nation’s economic strength and competitiveness depends on a safe, efficient, sustainable andsecure logistics transportation system. Each day the nation’s commercial carriers deliver 30million tons of freight using one or more modes of transportation. Each mode is a network ofinfrastructure that is leveraged to provide the goods we expect to find in our everyday lives –whether it is clothing at our favorite retail store or home heating oil. In addition to serving thepopulation and economy by moving goods and people, logistics transportation adds to thenational economy by providing jobs for millions of people. This is one of the fastest growingprofessions in the US and lacks trained professionals in this field (The Bureau of LaborStatistics, 2011). The need for this profession is even severe in the state of Mississippi.Mississippi Gulf Coast industries have been experiencing significant growth in logisticstransportation. The ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula are expecting a threefold increase inoperations and freight movement (from 230,000 in 2012 TEUs to 750,000 TEUs by 2025) due tothe expansion of the Panama Canal and the strategic location of these ports. This growth willrequire an improved logistics transportation network in the region and will significantly increasedemand for workers trained in logistics technology. The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) inPascagoula, MS, anticipates a need for more logistics technologists for its lifecycle contractsfrom the US Navy as well. Other local companies such as Trinity Yachts(, Chevron ( products/sitelets/pascagoula), and SignalInternational Inc. ( are in need of industrial engineering technologists fortheir regional operations. Without an increase supply of professionals in this discipline, the localcompanies will face labor shortages and future regional economic development will behampered.Logistics Transportation is a multidisciplinary applied science and engineering program. Highschool students are not familiar about this promising filed. Without creating an awarenessprogram in the K12 system, a consistent supply of students in logistics transportation program inuniversities will not be realized. Due to the tremendous need of this profession, we havedesigned a secondary curriculum in logistics transportation for high school students with the helpof public and private funding. The curriculum design consists of six modules of lectures, handson projects, and educating the K12 educators. The lecture modules and hands on projects aredesigned to provide fundamental understanding of basic concepts in logistics transportation andrelating classroom theories with real time examples. Educating the K12 educators program wasdesigned to educate them with career opportunities, future perspectives of logistics transportationprofessionals, and resource availability. This paper will discuss the detail curriculum design,implementation issues, and lessons learned regarding the project.

Sarder, M. B. (2013, June), Designing STEM Curriculum for K12 Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19395

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