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Growing a STEM Initiative: Establishing Philosophies, Identifying Needs, and Lessons Learned

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

ETAC, ABET, & STEM Programs

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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24.657.1 - 24.657.8



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Les Kinsler Kansas State University, Salina

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Les Kinsler is a Professor with the Engineering Technology Department at Kansas State University Salina campus. Mr. Kinsler received his M.S. Degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University (KS) in 1987 with an emphasis in Software Engineering. He received a B.S. in both Physics and Mathematics from Emporia State University (KS) in 1972. Mr. Kinsler teaches classes in programming, software engineering, and fluid mechanics. His research interests include embedded systems and controls as well as teaching methodologies.

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Saeed Khan Kansas State University, Salina

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SAEED KHAN is an Associate Professor with the Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology
program at Kansas State University at Salina. Dr. Khan received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Connecticut, in 1989 and 1994 respectively and his B.S. in
Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
in 1984. Khan, who joined KSU in 1998, teaches courses in telecommunications and digital systems. His
research interests and areas of expertise include antennas and propagation, novel materials for microwave
application, electromagnetic scattering and wearable sensors.

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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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