June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.525.1 - 23.525.10
Engineering within K-12 from the Teacher’s Perspective: Effectively Integrating Engineering Activities Tied to Educational StandardsReports such as the National Academies’ “Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding theStatus and Improving the Prospects” describe the importance of effectively incorporatingengineering concepts into the K-12 curriculum. However, as stated in “Standards for K–12Engineering Education?” developing stand-alone engineering standards is not currentlyrecommended for a number of reasons including “although theoretically possible to developstandards for K–12 engineering education, it would be extremely difficult to ensure theirusefulness and effective implementation” at this time, in part because “there is not at present acritical mass of teachers qualified to deliver engineering instruction.” is in its second year of workshops designed to introduce hands-on engineeringconcepts into the classrooms primarily within grades 5-10. The series of workshops involves adetailed introduction to the revised educational standards in the state of . Hands-onactivities designed to introduce engineering concepts while specifically addressing thesestandards are introduced to the teachers along with success stories. Free and readily accessiblelesson plans are from the IEEE sponsored tryengineering.org web site, TED.com andEngineering Go For it, eGRI.com are used. Unique to this workshop is the consistent attentionto specific math and science standards addressed, as well as the use of an engineering designprocess as a problem solving tool.The first year of the program culminated with a symposium, where teachers demonstrated thesuccesses from their classrooms. Teachers in the second cohort were given access to webresources designed to illustrate the content from previous grades (to give an idea of realisticexpectations) and following grades (to understand what is expected from their grade). Teacherswere given a week-long, in-depth introduction to robotics, rocketry or Lego Mindstormprogramming and their ties to their educational standards.The paper will describe the results of the assessment from two cohorts of teachers and describethe implementation of the program for those institutions interested in building upon these efforts.Specifically of interest, establishing a concrete tie from these engineering activities to relevanteducational standards, allowing teachers to actually implement these activities in their classroom.
Gallagher, D. K., & Reid, K. (2013, June), Engineering within K-12 from the Teacher’s Perspective: Effectively Integrating Engineering Activities Tied to Educational Standards Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19539
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