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Developing a Toolkit and Online Community of Practice to Support Implementation of Engineering in PreK-12 Education (Other)

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Fundamental: Tools and Content for K-12 Engineering Education

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

26.489.1 - 26.489.11

DOI

10.18260/p.23828

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https://peer.asee.org/23828

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106

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Elizabeth Cady National Academy of Engineering

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Dr. Elizabeth Cady is a Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) working on engineering education topics such as building skills in project management and change leadership, diversity, and developing communities of practice. She also staffs the Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, which recognizes and supports innovative engineering faculty members. She co-edited a resource collection translating research on women in science and engineering into practical tips for faculty members. She earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive and Human Factors Psychology from Kansas State University and a B.A. in psychobiology and political science from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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Greg Pearson National Academy of Engineering

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Greg Pearson is a Senior Program Officer with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in Washington, D.C. Greg currently serves as the responsible staff officer for the NSF-funded project “The Status, Role, and Needs of Engineering Technology Education
in the United States.” He is also study director for the Chevron-funded project, Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering in the United States. He was the study director for the NAE and National Research Council project that resulted in the 2014 report, STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research. He was the study director for the project that resulted in publication of Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? (2010) and Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects (2009), an analysis of efforts to teach engineering to U.S. school children. He oversaw the NSF-funded project that resulted in the 2013 publication of Messaging for Engineering: From Research to Action and the 2008 publication of Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering and was co-editor of the reports Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy (2006) and Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology (2002). In the late 1990s, Greg oversaw NAE and National Research Council reviews of technology education content standards developed by the International Technology Education Association. He has degrees in biology and journalism.

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David R. Heil David Heil & Associates, Inc.

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DAVID R. HEIL, President of David Heil & Associates, Inc. (DHA), and founder of the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering, is well known as an innovative educator, author, and host of the Emmy Award winning PBS family science program Newton's Apple. Active in promoting public understanding of science and engineering for over 35 years, he was the lead Editor of the popular book Family Science (1999) and a Co-Author of the recently published Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide (2011). DHA provides the STEM education and science center fields with Research & Evaluation, Strategic Planning, and Materials Development and Implementation services. David Heil is a sought after national and international presenter on STEM education, is a past Director of Informal Science Education for the National Science Teachers Association, and served 2 years on the ASEE K-12 & Pre-College Division Board of Directors.

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Derek W Rector Diamax Information Systems

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Derek is President & Principal Consultant of Diamax, a Washington DC based interactive design consultancy and software engineering company that specializes in the implementation of digital exchanges for leading organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A digital producer with more than 18 years of Internet and information systems experience, Derek founded Diamax in 1998 and has designed many interactive solutions for organizations such as the World Bank, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the InterAcademy Council, West Point, and the United Nations. As a digital strategy consultant, Derek has helped many associations, think tanks, and non-profits innovate and succeed through a stakeholder centered, design-based approach. Derek’s productions for the NAE include Engineering Grand Challenges, Engineer Girl, Engineering Messages, Frontiers of Engineering, Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century, Engineer Your Life, and Frontiers of Engineering Education. Between 2002 and 2011 Derek led the development of Diamax CMS, a structured content management system, and in 2013 he created Miliu, a digital exchange platform. Prior to Diamax, Derek worked as a computer systems analyst, business analyst, and technology manager for the World Bank, Lockheed Martin, and Atlantic Duncans International. He was responsible for assignments involving manufacturing plant closures, global connectivity for mobile staff, executive information access, knowledge management, and business process automation. The overall objective of Derek’s work is to create technologies that help people make better decisions and solve problems faster, by connecting them with knowledgeable professionals through relevant content. Derek completed his B.Sc.(Agr.) in Environmental Biology at McGill University.

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Jana Jurukovska Diamax Information Systems

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Jana Jurukovska is a digital strategy consultant and interactive producer at Diamax Information Systems Corporation, a software company and interactive agency based in Washington DC. Jana focuses primarily on digital media projects related to STEM education and has full lifecycle (idea to impact) strategy and production experience through her work with organizations such as the National Academy of Engineering, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, InterAcademy Panel, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and the World Bank. Jana's STEM projects include the NAE's Engineer Girl, Frontiers of Engineering Education, Grand Challenges for Engineering, and LinkEngineering websites. As a strategist Jana applies design thinking, business process analysis and a strong visual communications skill set to characterize opportunities and conceptualize innovative solutions. As a producer Jana leverages her training in art direction and project management to lead technology and creative teams through iterative human-centered digital implementations.
Jana holds a BBA in Marketing with a Minor in Fine Arts from George Washington University School of Business.

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Abstract

Developing a Toolkit and Online Community of Practice to Support Implementation of Engineering in PreK-12 Education (Other)This project, which is in its second of three years, will provide guidance to in- and out-of-schooleducators, teacher educators, professional development providers, and building, district, and stateadministrators regarding effective PreK-12 engineering education in the United States. The finalproduct will be a resource website containing materials relevant to teaching and learningengineering as well as a platform for development of a community of practice.The site is being developed in an iterative fashion based on input from stakeholders, includingorganizations leading the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aswell as the intended audience of the website. Stakeholders provided input through in-personworkshops, focus groups, and a national survey. Information gathered from these groups led tothe creation of a preliminary version of the website that will be refined based on input from auser testing group that will help improve the features and content of the site. The project isworking with several partners who will provide links to lesson plans and other resources. In itsfinal state, the website will allow educators and other stakeholders to find and rate content, shareboth lesson plans and tips for adapting them to the classroom, and ask questions of communitymembers with experience in implementing engineering in PreK-12 education. This presentationwill provide a tour of the website features.

Cady, E., & Pearson, G., & Heil, D. R., & Rector, D. W., & Jurukovska, J. (2015, June), Developing a Toolkit and Online Community of Practice to Support Implementation of Engineering in PreK-12 Education (Other) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23828

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