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Implementation of Project-based Learning in an After-school Program

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Technical Session 4: Modulus Topics 1

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32938

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https://peer.asee.org/32938

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30

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Afrin Naz West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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Dr. Afrin Naz is an assistant professor at the Computer Science and Information Systems department at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. She is working with high school teachers to inspire the K-12 students to the STEM fields. In last four years Dr. Naz and her team launched six workshops for high school teachers. Currently her team is training the high school teachers to offer online materials to supplement their face-to-face classroom.

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Jordan Nicole Bowen

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Jordan Bowen is a student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. She will be receiving her bachelor's degree on May 4, 2019. Jordan has been a part of a number of projects focused on improving k12 teacher quality and sparking an interest in STEM in k12 students. She is also the leader of three NCWIT-sponsored camped aimed at middle school girls in hopes of inspiring them to join computing-related fields.

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Mardigon Max Toler West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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Mardigon Toler is a student of Computer Science and Mathematics at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, finishing a bachelor's degree in both fields in spring 2019. His interests include digital audio, digital signal processing, and distributed and parallel computing. His past projects have included applications of AI to real-time music accompaniment as well as real-time software-based audio synthesis using Fourier transforms.

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Mingyu Lu West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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Mingyu Lu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. From 1997 to 2002, he was a research assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2002 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Electromagnetics Laboratory in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2012. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2012, and he is currently an associate professor. His current research interests include wireless power transmission, radar systems, microwave remote sensing, antenna design, and computational electromagnetics. He was the recipient of the first prize award in the student paper competition of the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Boston, MA in 2001. He served as the chair of Antennas and Propagation Society of IEEE Fort Worth Chapter from 2006 to 2011.

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Abstract

The objective of this project is integrating project-based learning based on computing applications into various teaching settings in ____ County middle and high schools, through after-school programs. As a teaching methodology, project-based learning employs projects closely associated with real-world applications to facilitate teaching abstract math and science concepts. Enormous prior research has generated encouraging evidences demonstrating that project-based learning succeeds in increasing students’ content knowledge, enabling students to transfer knowledge to practical implementation, promoting students’ collaboration skills, and developing students’ positive attitudes towards math and science. When project-based learning is used to supplement instructions, students are inspired to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers. In the summer of 2018, we organized a workshop on the ______ campus for 15 middle and high school teachers from _____ County to learn project-based learning systematically. Workshop instructors are _______ computer science and computer engineering faculty members. Sample computer science and computer engineering projects were demonstrated to the teachers. The teachers also conducted hands-on exercises to develop computing projects to address certain content standards, following the protocol established by the ______ Department of Education. On September 2018, these middle and high school teachers have started pilot after school programs in three middle schools and one high schools of _____ County. It is expected that the widespread application of project-based learning will improve the math and science education of ________ County, and furthermore, would inspire more students to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. We have total eight undergraduate ___ CS students assigned to provide year-round onsite and online assistance to these teachers. An extended budget item has been allocated for teachers to purchase hardware and/or software for project-based learning. Currently we are collecting data through online survey. We are also planning to take survey and interviews of the participating teachers. It is estimated that at least 500 students will be impacted by these methods within the next two years throughout _____ County.

Naz, A., & Bowen, J. N., & Toler, M. M., & Lu, M. (2019, June), Implementation of Project-based Learning in an After-school Program Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32938

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