June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
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Development and Implementation of an Introduction to STEM Course for Dual-Enrollment Programs
Abstract A new Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) course was developed and taught for the first time during the summer in 2009 to dual- enrollment college students at South Texas College (STC). The new Introduction to STEM course was developed in collaboration between STEM Faculty members at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and STC, with the objective of creating, supporting and strengthening STEM pathways for students in the Dual-Enrollment Engineering Academy (DEEA) and other dual-enrollment or similar programs. The course was offered to two groups of students, at two different campuses in the DEEA program at STC. DEEA students take college courses to accomplish an associate degree in Engineering by the end of their senior year of high school. Challenge-based instruction (CBI) was implemented in this new course; challenges, lecture and handout materials, hands-on activities, and assessment tools were developed and implemented in the areas of basic electronics, mechatronics, renewable energy, statics, dynamics, chemistry, reverse engineering, and forward engineering. This paper describes the new course development and implementation, as well as its impact on students and Faculty, including the student assessment results and the interaction of Faculty members from both institutions. The instruction materials and tools developed for the new course could be modified and adapted for implementation in other engineering and science courses at UTPA, STC, and other institutions to increase and improve educational challenges and hands-on activities in the curricula and in recruiting programs and/or activities.
This paper presents the developments and results of collaborative work performed between two Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in order to strengthen and support STEM pathways. The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) serves approximately 18,300 students of which about 88% are Hispanics; 57% are females; and 21% of all students are in the college of Science and Engineering. South Texas College (STC) is a community college serving Hidalgo and Starr counties, in the southernmost region of Texas, and about 95% of over 20,000 students at STC are Hispanics, approximately 60% of them are female, and about 75% are first generation students . Qualified high school students are allowed to become college students and enter dual-enrollment programs at STC to take college courses in place of, or in addition to, their normal high school course load . As an exceptional initiative for selected junior and senior high school students, STC has created the Dual-Enrollment Engineering Academy (DEEA) that started in 2006. Students that complete the DEEA program obtain associate degrees in Engineering by the end of their senior year of high school. Students that do not join DEEA in the summer, before their high school junior year, cannot join the program at any other time.
Vasquez, H., & Fuentes, A., & Macossay, J., & Knecht, M., & Freeman, R. (2010, June), Development And Implementation Of An Introduction To Stem Course For Dual Enrollment Programs Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15938
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