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Development of a Fundamentals of Electrical and Computing Systems Course for In-service K-12 Teachers

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Electrical and Computer

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24.416.1 - 24.416.17



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Kundan Nepal University of St. Thomas

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Kundan Nepal is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St.Thomas (MN). His research interests span the areas of reliable nanoscale digital systems, mobile robotics and reconfigurable computing

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Andrew Tubesing University of St. Thomas

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Andrew Tubesing is Laboratory Manager for the Electrical Engineering program at University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He also serves on the faculty of the UST Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education. Andrew has taught university courses in circuits, electronics, and engineering design for more than a decade. Prior to his academic career, Andrew spent 12 years as an engineer in the broadcast and telecommunications fields. Andrew holds a BA from St. Olaf College and a MS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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Development of Fundamentals of Electrical and Computing Systems course for in-serviceK-12 Teachers.AbstractThe Science, Technology and Mathematics portion of STEM have been well covered in K-12education for a number of years. With the adoption of Engineering into the Science Standards inthe state of Minnesota, the number of schools that actively offer Engineering either as an instituteor embedded throughout their K-12 science, math and arts curriculum is increasing. To betterequip in-service and pre-service teachers to handle the needs of the engineering curriculum, theUniversity of St Thomas offers a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education through itsCenter for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education (CPCEE). As a part of the certificate, in-serviceteachers go through a series of courses that expose them to the fundamentals of the engineeringdiscipline, the engineering design process as well as a through review of the curriculum andways of effectively integrating engineering into their existing courses. Teachers are also requiredto take one technical elective. These technical electives are typically offered as a part of the"Summer Academy". In 2013, two electives were offered - one in the area of energy and theother in the fundamentals of the electrical and computer engineering disciplines. This paperpresents an overview of the "Fundamentals of Electrical and Computing Systems" course, thetopics covered and feedback received based on the first offering of the course.

Nepal, K., & Tubesing, A. (2014, June), Development of a Fundamentals of Electrical and Computing Systems Course for In-service K-12 Teachers Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20307

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