June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.731.1 - 26.731.3
Exploring Neural Engineering with a Teacher-Authored Science Curriculum (Curriculum Exchange)“Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)” is an innovative curriculum unit designed for secondary scienceteachers (grades 6-12). The seven lesson plans contained within the multi-week unit offer asystems engineering approach to teaching about the central nervous system, while alsointroducing basic concepts of neural engineering.During the unit, students are engaged in model building, web quests, research projects, hands-oninvestigations and lab work, video production, and presentations from guest scientists. Thecurriculum culminates in a “brain box” model building activity and a script writing exercisewhere students compose a special investigative report to inform others about traumatic braininjury. Pedagogical approaches include project-based learning (PBL), a systems engineeringapproach, and development of claim evidence reasoning skills. The curriculum is alignment tothe Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).This teacher-authored curriculum is a product of the ________ program, a summer researchexperience for secondary teachers at the Center for __________ at the University of ________.In this program, teachers become active researchers while working in a lab that is conductingcutting-edge neural engineering research. The teachers also develop curriculum materialsinspired and informed by their experiences in the research lab. The “Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI)” curriculum has been piloted by the teacher-authors in their own classrooms over twoacademic years and revised accordingly.The Center for _______________ is an engineering research center focused on improving livesby connecting brains and technology. Research focuses on the design of closed-loop neural-interactive systems which could improve the quality of life for people with neurological diseases,spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and other disabilities.
Clapper Bergsman, K. M., & Chudler, E. H., & Johnson, L., & Shaw, M. W., & Jephson-Hernandez, S. (2015, June), Exploring Neural Engineering with a Teacher-Authored Science Curriculum (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24068
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