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How Do You Teach Engineering In Grades K And One?

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Elementary School Engineering Education

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

9

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11.692.1 - 11.692.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--702

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https://peer.asee.org/702

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Katie Bush Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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KATIE BUSH is a third year graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics Joint Ph.D. Program between Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in May 2003 from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and began working on the PIEE project in June 2005.

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Jennifer Gray Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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JENNIFER GRAY is a first graduate student in Mechanical Engineering Master of Science Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in May 2005 and Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in May 2003 both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She began working on the PIEE project in June 2004.

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Megan Holmes Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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MEGAN HOLMES is a first year graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in May 2005 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and began working on the PIEE project in June 2005.

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Karen Kosinski Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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KAREN KOSINSKI is a first year graduate student in the Biotechnology department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biotechnology in May 2002 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her Master of Science degree in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 2004. She began working on the PIEE project in June 2005.

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John Orr Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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John A. Orr is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI. He is active professionally in the area of engineering education as well as in the technical field of geolocation systems. He was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his work in engineering education. Telephone 508-831-5723; email orr@wpi.edu.

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Leena Razzaq Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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LEENA RAZZAQ is a fourth year graduate student in the Computer Science department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science in May 2002 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and began working on the PIEE project in June 2004.

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Jill Rulfs Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Jill Rulfs is Associate Professor of Biology & Biotechnology at WPI. In addition to being a former public school teacher herself, she has remained active in university/public school partnerships. She has served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute on K-12 education and edited Biotechnology: The Technology of Life, a sourcebook for K-12 classroom teachers. Telephone 508-831-5786; email jrulfs@wpi.edu.

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How do you Teach Engineering in Kindergarten and First Grade?

Abstract As part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program titled “K-6 Gets a Piece of the PIEE (Partnerships Implementing Engineering Education),” graduate fellows and undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA have implemented a technology and engineering curriculum in kindergarten and grade one in the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) System. This follows successful implementation of the technology and engineering curriculum in the first two years of the program in grades two through six. This project is also part of the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, the goal of which is to involve engineering graduate students with K-12 science and engineering education. Massachusetts is one of the few states to have mandated the teaching of engineering and technology topics from kindergarten through grade twelve. Needless to say, the approach to teaching engineering that is suitable for the university, high school, middle school, or fifth and six grade levels is unworkable in kindergarten and first grade. For example, the students cannot read or write! Nevertheless, concepts such as creative design, materials selection, and proper tool use can be effectively taught if approached in the appropriate way. Graduate fellows have written and illustrated a set of picture books that provides a particularly effective introduction to these topics. Curriculum plans, representative lessons, program successes, and lessons learned, are described below.

Introduction This project, titled Partnerships Implementing Engineering Education (PIEE), is part of the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, the goal of which is to involve engineering graduate students with K-12 science and engineering education. Massachusetts is one of the few states to have mandated the teaching of engineering and technology topics from kindergarten through grade twelve. The PIEE project team at WPI consists of two principal investigators, three faculty/staff members, six graduate fellows, and fourteen undergraduate students. In the Worcester Public Schools (WPS), it consists of three principals, twenty seven teachers, and over four hundred elementary school students. More specifically, the kindergarten and grade one team is staffed by one WPI faculty member, two graduate students, four undergraduate students, and four elementary school teachers. More than eighty kindergarten and first grade students participate. Principal investigators oversee the project as a whole, manage teams at each grade level, and coordinate WPI/WPS relations. Other members of the WPI faculty and staff advise undergraduate students as they complete their service learning projects and provide support to graduate fellows. Graduate fellows devote full time in the summer and half time in the academic year to their K-6 activities, which include substantial time in the elementary classrooms and with elementary school teachers as they design and often deliver units, lessons, and lesson materials on engineering topics. In addition, the fellows work closely with undergraduate

Bush, K., & Gray, J., & Holmes, M., & Kosinski, K., & Orr, J., & Razzaq, L., & Rulfs, J. (2006, June), How Do You Teach Engineering In Grades K And One? Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--702

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