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Incorporating Engineering in the Biology Classroom (Curriculum Exchange)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.940.1 - 26.940.3



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Wendy A Niesl University of Minnesota STEM Education Center


Siddika Selcen Guzey Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Guzey is an assistant professor of biology and biology education at Purdue University. Her research and teaching focus on integrated STEM Education.

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Tamara J Moore Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Tamara J. Moore, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and Director of STEM Integration in the INSPIRE Institute at Purdue University. Dr. Moore’s research is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms in order to help students make connections among the STEM disciplines and achieve deep understanding. Her work focuses on defining STEM integration and investigating its power for student learning.

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Incorporating Engineering in the Biology Classroom (Curriculum Exchange)To address the need of supporting science teachers in integrating engineering into their teachingwe have designed and delivered year-long teacher professional development (PD) programs forover 200 science teachers as a part of a large-scale Math and Science Partnership project that hasbeen funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The ultimate goal of the project is toincrease grade 4-8 student learning of science concepts, as well as the mathematics conceptsrelated to data analysis and measurement, by using an engineering design-based approach toteacher professional development and curricular development. We will share an engineering design based curriculum unit developed and used in ourPDs for science teachers. The unit can be implemented in middle school life science classes andit comprises four lessons: setting up the context, natural selection, integrating mathematics, andan engineering challenge. This unit provides an engaging context wherein students design andbuild shoes to help people not to slip and fall on the ice. In the engineering activity, students alsowrite a report that explains their engineering design and product and summarize how they applyscience and mathematics to solve the engineering challenge.

Niesl, W. A., & Guzey, S. S., & Moore, T. J. (2015, June), Incorporating Engineering in the Biology Classroom (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24277

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