San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY SYMBI GK12 PROGRAM: A CASE STUDY OF THE RESIDENT ENGINEER’S EFFECTS ON 8TH GRADERS ATTITUDES TOWARD SCIENCE AND ENGINEERINGABSTRACT Symbi, an NSF GK12 program, is a partnership between Iowa State University and the Des Moines publicschool system in an effort to develop innovative and engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)activities for middle school students. STEM graduate students are selected to serve as resident scientists or engineersin a middle school science classroom, spending one full day each week throughout the academic school year. TheseGK12 Fellows provide exposure to inquiry-based learning experiences and authentic demonstrations, and bringrelevance to the science curriculum by engaging the students in real world challenges. In addition, the Fellows serveas role models for STEM based occupations and encourage the students to develop the skills sets they will need tobe competitive in the 21st century global economy. Here we present a case study showcasing the activities andinteractions of Symbi GK12 Fellows in the classroom with implications for other partnerships between graduatestudents and middle schools. The Fellows provide relevance to the STEM core curriculum which helps studentsrelate to the classroom activities. Each Fellow’s research background provides a unique venue for further scientificinvolvement. In this case study, the primary research focus of the author, a GK12 Fellow, is on materials science andengineering, a field almost completely absent from middle school curriculum. By providing hands ondemonstrations and reliable scientific expertise, 8th grade students showed a significant increase in not onlyacademic understanding but also in attitudes toward science and engineering related fields. These findings weresupported through surveys, student testimonies, and pre- and post-assessments of the activities relating to materialsscience and engineering.
Hondred, P. R., & Haen, K. M., & Leshem, A., & Kessler, M. R. (2012, June), Iowa State University SYMBI GK-12 Program: A Case Study of the Resident Engineer's Effects on Eighth Graders' Attitudes Toward Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21620
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