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Embedded Computer Systems & Photonics: A Professional Development Course For Middle And High School Teachers

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Conference

2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Approaches to K -12 Engineering

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

11.529.1 - 11.529.18

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https://peer.asee.org/469

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Michael Pelletier Northern Essex Community College

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Wayne Kibbe Northern Essex Community College

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Paul Chanley Northern Essex Community College

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Embedded Computer Systems & Photonics: A Professional Development Course for Middle and High School Teachers Abstract

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fellows Program was a new initiative of the Northeast Network STEM Pipeline Project in 2004-2005, to focus attention on STEM education in middle schools and high schools throughout the Northeast region of Massachusetts. The STEM Fellows Program was funded from the Northeast Network's grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pipeline Fund which is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

As part of the STEM Fellows Program, a 45 hour professional development course for middle and high school teachers was developed and delivered by engineering faculty from a community college. This paper details that professional development course entitled Embedded Computer Systems and Photonics and reports on the researched results.

Introduction

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fellows Program was a new initiative of the Northeast Network STEM Pipeline Project in 2004-2005, to focus attention on STEM education in middle schools and high schools throughout the Northeast region of Massachusetts. The STEM Fellows Program was funded from the Northeast Network's grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pipeline Fund which is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

The purpose of the Pipeline Fund is: • “to increase the number of Massachusetts students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to mathematics, science, technology, and engineering; • to increase the number of qualified mathematics, technology, engineering, and science teachers in the Commonwealth; and, • to improve the mathematics, technology, engineering, and science educational offerings available in public and private schools.”

The Northeast Network STEM Pipeline Project is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University, Salem State College, Gordon College, Endicott College, Northern Essex Community College, Middlesex Community College, Northshore Community College, eight school districts, three work investment boards, and three industry partners. (See http://www.nepipeline.org/members.htm for the complete list.)

STEM fellows were to be selected in teams of five by their school districts in the Northeast region of Massachusetts and given an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and integrated understanding of STEM issues through a variety of professional

Pelletier, M., & Kibbe, W., & Chanley, P. (2006, June), Embedded Computer Systems & Photonics: A Professional Development Course For Middle And High School Teachers Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/469

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