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Interconnected STEM with Engineering Design Pedagogy

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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23.797.1 - 23.797.26



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M. David Burghardt Hofstra University

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Dr. M. David Burghardt, professor of Engineering and co-director of the Center for STEM Research, is the principal investigator on a NSF project dealing with interconnected learning in middle school STEM.

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Interconnected STEM with Engineering Design Pedagogy Interconnected STEM learning provides students with rich learning experiences that canhelp contextualize information by linking content across the domain areas. As part of an NSFproject we have been working with middle school science teachers as mathematics was infusedinto their existing science lessons and during 2011-2012 we expanded our approach to includethe infusion of engineering design into science as well. This approach is aligned with the NextGeneration Science Standards, which require middle school science teachers to include study ofengineering and builds upon the informed engineering design pedagogy (Burghardt, 2011),engaging students in design activities that enrich and deepen their understanding of the science. Prior to the a summer 2012 professional development workshop for 25 middle schoolscience teachers, we created, refined and implemented an Engineering Design Infusion Template(EDIT) that guides teachers in transforming science units into ones featuring Engineering DesignPedagogy. As part of the professional development, teachers implemented a unit created usingEDIT and then learned how to critique engineering infused science lessons, identify the keyelements, and build a model of relevant student assessments while developing their own lessons. The paper focuses on the EDIT model and explores the key and essential elements. Wewill also share results from our work with teachers, the types of lessons they developed, and theirfeedback about the experience.

Burghardt, M. D. (2013, June), Interconnected STEM with Engineering Design Pedagogy Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19811

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