June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
22.550.1 - 22.550.12
Elementary Engineering Implementation and Student Learning Outcomes AbstractK-12 schools across the nation are implementing or considering implementingvarious curricula that use engineering. From high school curricula that are fairlycomprehensive (i.e. Project Lead the Way) to textbooks intended for middle or highschool courses (i.e. Survey of Engineering from Great Lakes Press) to elementaryschool after school clubs based on activities from engineering societies and morecomprehensive sets of activities (i.e. Engineering is Elementary from the Museum ofScience, Boston), enthusiam for engineering in K-12 is increasing. These curricularactivites have different foci from increasing technological literacy to encouragingstudents to pursue engineering. Although those who are engineers are enthusiaticabout this trend, to date, there is only cursory assessment data available to indicate theefficacy of any of these approaches to meeting their respective goals. Consequently,there is no guarantee that the overall effect on the fields of engineering will not benegative, if these activities become nothing more than an educational “fad.” Solidresearch on the abilty of engineering curricula to support solid student learning isneeded. This manuscript describes a project designed to comprehensively assessstudent learning with an elementary school curriculum (Engineering is Elementary)and a comprehensive implementation in math, science, language arts, social studiesand technological literacy. North Carolina State University Colleges of Engineeringand Education have partenered with two North Carolina public elementary schoolsand the Museum of Science, Boston to support existing implementations ofengineering magnet elementary schools. The pilot test implementation at an initialtest site has been researched with regards to student learning in design, engineering,and science; student attitudes toward STEM content; and teacher implementation andeffectiveness.
Ernst, J. V., & Bottomley, L., & Parry, E. A., & Lavelle, J. P. (2011, June), Elementary Engineering Implementation and Student Learning Outcomes Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17831
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