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Engineering Our Future New Jersey

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovative K-12 Engineering Programs

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

12.649.1 - 12.649.12

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https://peer.asee.org/2231

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Liesl Hotaling Stevens Institute of Technology

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Liesl Hotaling is Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science
Education (CIESE), Stevens Institute of Technology. She received a B.S. in Marine Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a M.A.T. in Science Teaching from Monmouth University and a M.S. in Maritime Systems from Stevens.

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Beth McGrath Stevens Institute of Technology

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Beth McGrath is Director of CIESE, where she manages program development and implementation and guides collaborations with K-12 schools and other educational partners. She is also leading the RIEE, Research & Innovation in Engineering Education, initiative at Stevens, aimed at strengthening teaching and learning in undergraduate education at Stevens.

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Carol Shields Stevens Institute of Technology

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Carol Shields is responsible for teacher training and developing Internet-based curriculum materials for the elementary level. Ms. Shields taught for 26 years in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District. She has also worked in the school programs department at Liberty Science Center and as a marine life instructor for the National Audubon Society.

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Mercedes McKay Stevens Institute of Technology

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Mercedes McKay is the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), Stevens Institute of Technology. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a graduate certificate in Technology Applications in Science Education from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Susan Lowes Columbia University

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Dr. Susan Lowes, Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College, Columbia University, will conduct formative and summative evaluations over the three years. ILT has conducted evaluations of projects that develop, test, and implement new pedagogical approaches in the university, K-12, and community and after school environments, including those funded by NSF, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and others.

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Christine Cunningham Museum of Science, Boston

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Christine M. Cunningham is the Vice President of Research at the Museum of Science, Boston.
She has been developing science and engineering curriculum, designing and offering teacher
professional development programs, and conducting research and assessment related to the
learning and teaching of science and engineering for over 15 years. Christine is particularly
interested in making science and engineering more accessible to marginalized populations.
Christine received a joint Bachelors and Masters degree in Biology from Yale University and a
Ph.D. in Science Education from Cornell University.

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Cathy Lachapelle Museum of Science, Boston

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Dr. Cathy Lachapelle currently leads the assessment efforts for the EiE curriculum, designing assessment instruments, pilot and field testing them, and conducting research on how children use the EiE materials. She has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects related to K-16 engineering education. Cathy received her S.B. in cognitive science from MIT, and her Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University.

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Shih-Ying Yao Museum of Science, Boston

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Master of Education in International Education Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Research Associate of the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL), Museum of Science, Boston.

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Engineering Our Future New Jersey

Abstract

Engineering Our Future New Jersey (EOFNJ) is a collaborative effort between Stevens Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Museum of Science (MoS), Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL), and other partners to bring exemplary technology and engineering curricula to mainstream New Jersey K-12 education. The goal of the Engineering Our Future New Jersey initiative is to ensure that all K-12 students in New Jersey experience engineering curricula with a focus on innovation, as a required component of their elementary, middle, and high school education within the next five years. In doing so, we aim to strengthen existing educational policy in New Jersey to articulate engineering competencies both in the language of the standards and the required assessments.

EOFNJ is transitioning from the pilot phase into a state-wide implementation phase. This paper provides an overview of the EOFNJ initiative, describes current activities, offers preliminary evaluation results and describes the exemplary curricula being promoted.

1.0 Introduction

Engineering Our Future New Jersey (EOFNJ) is an initiative of Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) to promote grade-appropriate engineering and technology education in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout New Jersey. With initial support from the State of New Jersey, CIESE launched an accelerated schedule to complete a pilot/demonstration phase, involving 35 teachers from 32 geographically, academically, and socio-economically diverse schools throughout New Jersey in 2005-06. With additional support from Verizon Communications and the National Science Foundation, CIESE is currently implementing Phase 2, the statewide scale-up phase, in which CIESE and its partners will provide professional development to 2,000 K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey in the next three years.

In collaboration with curriculum partners such as the Museum of Science, Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy and the Society of Automotive Engineers, Stevens is providing teacher professional development, technical assistance, and in-class support to participating schools. Other partners, including the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and other institutions of higher education, are also engaged in this outreach effort.

This paper describes the goals, strategies, and specific activities that the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens, together with partners, have developed and implemented in the context of the EOFNJ effort for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and students, and other educational stakeholders.

Hotaling, L., & McGrath, B., & Shields, C., & McKay, M., & Lowes, S., & Cunningham, C., & Lachapelle, C., & Yao, S. (2007, June), Engineering Our Future New Jersey Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2231

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