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Implications for Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Outreach Efforts of Evolving Design Standards for Elementary Education

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching and Outreach

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22.826.1 - 22.826.9



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Keith J. Bowman Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Keith Bowman joined the faculty as Assistant Professor at Purdue University in 1988 after receiving degrees from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), (B.S. 1981, M.S. 1983) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1987). He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992, and then promoted to Professor in 1996 and became Head of Materials Engineering in 2007. Awards at Purdue University include receiving the MSE Best Teaching Award in 1992 and 1995 and Purdue's highest teaching award, the Charles Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. In 2003, Professor Bowman's name was added to the Purdue Book of Great Teachers. In 2007, he received the Purdue College of Engineering Mentoring Award and he became a Professor of Engineering Education (by courtesy). His research in engineering education is focused on development of materials that encourage interest and retention of students in engineering fields, approaches for assessment of student learning and the role of diversity and diverse perspectives in engineering education.

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Brenda Capobianco Purdue University

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Dr. Brenda Capobianco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Engineering Education and an affiliated appointment in Women’s Studies at Purdue University. She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, M.S in science education from Connecticut Central State University, and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include girls’ participation in science and engineering; teacher’s engagement in action research; and science teachers’ integration of the engineering design process to improve science learning.

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Implications for Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Outreach Efforts ofEvolving Design Standards for Elementary EducationKeith J. Bowman and Brenda CapobiancoThe National Science Foundation-funded project, Science Learning through EngineeringDesign” (SLED) is one of nineteen targeted Math and Science Partnerships focused onscience education and one of only four focused on elementary education. At leasttwelve states, including Massachusetts, Indiana and Minnesota, have established pre-engineering or design standards that have potential implications for effectively engagingelementary school teachers and students with content related to materials science andengineering. Authentically engaging teachers and students with content that transformsscience and math education requires MSE educators an understanding of teachers’orientations to the engineering design process as well as the context within whichteachers teach the content, develop standards-based curriculum, and most importantly,how students learn through design. This paper will address and discuss implications ofprior work on introduction of MSE content for K-12 education, including nanotechnology,in the context of existing and evolving standards for math and science education at theupper elementary level.

Bowman, K. J., & Capobianco, B. (2011, June), Implications for Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Outreach Efforts of Evolving Design Standards for Elementary Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18107

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