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Leading by Example for Engineering Design (LEED) to Meet Next Generation Science Standards in Middle and High School Science and Math Classes

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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K-12 and Pre-College Engineering Division Poster Session

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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24.847.1 - 24.847.13



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Evan C. Lemley University of Central Oklahoma


Bob Melton Putnam City Schools

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Bob Melton is the Assessment Coordinator/ STEM Facilitator for Putnam City Schools. Mr. Melton began his career in 1974 at Putnam City West High School, taught at Edmond Memorial High School, and was the Science Curriculum Coordinator for Putnam City Schools from 1993 to 2013.

From1999 through 2003 he served as project director of a USDOE program to research the effectiveness of handheld computers in instructional settings. deploying over 2100 handhelds to students in an effort to facilitate “anywhere-anytime” learning. Since 2004, he has directed or co-directed a series of Math/Science Partnership Grants through the United States Department of Education that have brought together teachers from school districts across metropolitan Oklahoma City to work with higher education science, mathematics and education faculty in innovative staff development programs.

Mr. Melton received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1991. In 1994 he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation. He is a Teacher/Consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project and is a member of both the National Science Teachers Association and the National Science Education Leadership Association. He currently serves as the NewsBlog Editor for the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, serves on the Board of Governors of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, and is Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Elizabeth Ann Allan University of Central Oklahoma

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Dr. Elizabeth Allan is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Coordinator of the Secondary Science Education Program. She serves as the Director of the Central Oklahoma Science Fair. Dr. Allan has developed and taught on-line, blended, and face-to-face courses in both Biology and Science Teaching Methodology.

Before returning to Oklahoma in 2005, Dr. Allan was the Director of the Western Carolina Center for Mathematics and Science Education, a part of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network. She has been a classroom teacher in Oklahoma, California, and North Carolina.

Dr. Allan is the Retiring President for both the National Science Education Leadership Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association. She has been an ACE reviewer for the MIVER program, ACE CREDIT, and a Military Evaluation reviewer.

Dr. Allan earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Oklahoma and her Masters and PhD from the University of California, Riverside.

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Grant M. Armstrong University of Central Oklahoma


James E. Stewart University of Central Oklahoma

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James Stewart is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the University of Central Oklahoma. He participates in viscous fluid research for Dr. Evan Lemley. He also works in the IT department for the college of mathematics and science.

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Morshed Khandaker University of Central Oklahoma

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Morshed P.H. Khandaker has been serving as an associate professor in the department of Engineering & Physics at University of Central Oklahoma. He received Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, in August, 2007. From 2004-2007, he had been serving as an instructor in the department of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University. He is active and interested in conducting research in design, fracture and failure modeling, and material characterization of biomechanical systems. He is teaching in the area of solid mechanics, material science, mechanical design, machine dynamics, vibration, and computational mechanics.

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Leading by Example for Engineering Design (LEED) to Meet Next Generation Science Standardsin Middle and High School Science and Math ClassesThe Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been recently developed based on theNational Academies Framework for K­12 Science Education. The NGSS will be adopted acrossmany states and school districts in the next several years.  A notable feature of the NGSS is thecall for the integration of the engineering design process in K­12; stemming from the nationalneed to train future engineers for sustained innovation and security.  Another notable feature ofthe NGSS is the cross­cutting concepts for science education.  The structure of the NGSSpresents the opportunity to meet the standards by integrating engineering design tools, skills,and processes to teach cross­cutting science concepts.In a collaboration of the College of Mathematics and Science at the University of ___________and the _____ School District ­ along with six other partner school districts, we are operating aprogram funded by a Department of Education Math and Science Partnership Mini­Grant.  Thisprogram is to train teacher­leaders in the process of implementing engineering design projects inhigh school and middle school science and math classrooms.  The focus of the program is onboth training teachers in the engineering design process and how it can be implemented, and inthe leadership skills that will enable them to impact school district­wide curriculum change (notjust their own classrooms).  In this offering of the program we are operating three one­dayworkshops, where 19 teachers work with university faculty including the college scienceeducation coordinator and four faculty from various engineering disciplines.  These workshopsare training­oriented, and provide significant time for teachers and engineering faculty to work onprojects.  These projects will serve as cornerstone engineering design projects at their schoolsand serve as examples for other teachers.  The completed projects will be disseminated at aLEED conference where all members of the ______ Science Teachers Association and the_____ Council of Teachers of Mathematics will be invited.  This will broaden the impact of thisgrant statewide with the delivered cornerstone­example projects.  One additional feature of ourwork is the creation of a statewide network of high school and middle school science and mathteachers and engineering faculty, which is is a necessary ingredient to implement engineeringdesign to meet the NGSS.Pre and Post testing of the teacher participant’s gain in engineering knowledge and leadershipskills will be reported as well as successes and challenges in implementing this program.

Lemley, E. C., & Melton, B., & Allan, E. A., & Armstrong, G. M., & Stewart, J. E., & Khandaker, M. (2014, June), Leading by Example for Engineering Design (LEED) to Meet Next Generation Science Standards in Middle and High School Science and Math Classes Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20738

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