June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.792.1 - 24.792.12
Integrative Stem: Design and Implementation of an 8th grade Technology Curriculum Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a trans-‐disciplinary learning environment where students make data driven decisions to iteratively design and test solutions in response to an engineering challenge. The Robotics and Engineering Integrative STEM 8th grade curriculum, designed by a South Eastern University with support from the state Race to the Top grant and the U.S. Department of Education, uses 3-‐D design software, 3-‐d printing and LEGO® MINDSTORM NXT robotics to generate solutions engineering challenges in the areas of Bio Mechanics, Electro Magnetic Radiation, Renewable Energy and Analog to Digital Conversion. Students utilize skills and knowledge developed from science and mathematics classes to develop engineering solutions using universal systems modeling. There are several objectives to the implementation plan of the course. The plan aims to: (1) garner school administration’s support in respect to scheduling and pedagogy; (2) Orient and improve technology teacher’s skills in computer aided design software, 3-‐d printing, and LEGO® MINDSTORM NXT robotics as tools for instruction; (3) equip them with instructional strategies to incorporate science, mathematics and engineering concepts in their classroom: (4) iterate design of the course based on feedback from the teachers and students. This paper will outline the implemented curriculum and share results of how selected schools have implemented the curriculum using the plan. Data was collected using teacher interviews, teacher surveys, electronic correspondence and field notes. Analysis of the data has been done on the factors that contribute to the hindrance or enhancement of curriculum implementation. The analysis will be discussed to advise of the strategies used to address the factors involving implementation.
Robinson, N. S., & Rosen, J. H., & Usselman, M., & Lingle, J. A. (2014, June), Integrative Stem: Design and Implementation of an 8th grade Technology Curriculum (Research to Practice) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20684
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