June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.847.1 - 24.847.13
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. https://peer.asee.org/20738
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