June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.657.1 - 24.657.8
Growing a STEM Initiative: Establishing Philosophies, Identifying Needs and, Lessons LearnedAbstractThe momentum for promoting STEM education is on the rise across the Country inunprecedented ways through educational grant offerings, student competitions, mediacoverage, and project oriented curriculums. Indeed, all are making positive contributions, butthe need for more such programs many school districts remain strong. This paper is anattempt at documenting the rolling out process of a STEM initiative in such a district wherean early needs assessment survey of area high school teachers and counselors came out insupport of this endeavor. Analysis of the survey data made it immediately apparent that acreating a STEM initiative that served as a pathway to higher education in the STEM fieldswould be well-received by the respondents of the survey. Discussions with high schooladministrators and school district official were also positive. Based on the input received, acollaborative STEM initiative was designed to benefit a local high school. It consisted ofcreating a course designed to provide an introduction to high technology careers in science,mathematics, engineering and engineering technology. Through combination of lectures,projects, and shared experiences, students were to learn to differentiate between these fields.Students would also learn to make informed choices by listening to first-hand experiencesthat describe the rewards and demands in these areas. Starting with a discussion of the basicdesign background, the authors will then proceed to describe the two different renditions ofthis course and its evolution. Following an assessment review the authors proceed to talkabout future issues that will include discussion of scalability and curriculum design.
Kinsler, L., & Khan, S. (2014, June), Growing a STEM Initiative: Establishing Philosophies, Identifying Needs, and Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20548
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