June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.816.1 - 23.816.10
Introducing Engineering into the Dominican Republic Classroom: Teacher WorkshopsFirst-year students entering engineering at are engaged in a year-long Introductionto Engineering course sequence. The second semester of this sequence is a first-year cornerstonecourse in which all engineering students propose and design a device to alleviate some effect ofpoverty in an assigned population. is also in their second year of an innovative,new and unique Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Education. Tying these opportunitiestogether resulted in the development of workshops to introduce engineering, math and scienceinto classrooms in the Dominican Republic.A team from visited a series of three schools affiliated with Solid RockInternational in the Dominican to introduce hands-on math concepts to teachers from classroomswith 3 year olds through high school. Over 100 teachers who teach over 2,200 students attendedthe program and were introduced to activities available on the IEEE tryengineering.org web site.These activities are typically part of the IEEE Teacher In Service Program (TISP), which isdesigned to train engineers to hold in-service workshops for teachers who then take hands-onengineering projects into their classroom. Teachers are provided with lesson plans (available inEnglish and Spanish), tied to educational standards in the United States. Each activity isdesigned to be inexpensive (often less than U.S. $10 for a classroom). This program has beensuccessfully implemented throughout the United States for over ten years and has seen verylimited international expansion to countries with a strong IEEE presence.This paper will discuss the very successful workshops, including assessment collected at theconclusion of each workshop. The structure of the workshops and the involvement opportunitiesfor the undergraduate students who participated will also be described. Finally, results from anassessment visit to collect qualitative data from teachers and principals who attended theworkshop will be presented.This paper will be of interest to programs with available international service opportunities forundergraduate students or programs interested in innovative activities to introduce engineeringinto K-12.
Reid, K., & Hertenstein, T. J., & Sperry, M., & Gallagher, D. K., & McClelland, S. (2013, June), Introducing Engineering into the Dominican Republic Classroom: Teacher Workshops Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19830
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