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Manufacturing Impact: Training the Trainers
This paper presents the synergetic effort to increase manufacturing related activities and interests among middle school and high school students. Funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) was awarded to train 36 teachers who are currently involved with robotics, pre-engineering, or technical programs. The in-service teachers are selected from minority serving Independent School Districts (ISDs) in Texas, while the pre-service teachers are from Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs at different universities. Additional funding that matches NSF stipend to the teachers was also provided from Gene Haas foundation. Industrial partners also contributed with complimentary professional training and free computer-aided drafting and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to participating teachers and their schools.
The program trained 29 teachers in the previous summers. They published their lesson plans and implemented in their classes new activities and knowledge that they have acquired during the training. Seven technical/educational articles were published. The teachers participated in two regional conferences every year, guided and brought their students to different competition, and won numerous awards including the first prize in robotics competition at the state level. One trained teacher was then tasked with heading the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) center for his ISD. Support of this new CTE and our university has been approved by both institutions due to close proximity of the institutions, and similar manufacturing activities. One school then received the Texas state grant from the Jobs and Education Training (JET) program to further enhances its manufacturing program. About 200 students attended the recent Manufacturing Day on campus and exposed to many manufacturing-related topics. Many motivated students have expressed their desires to apply for further studies upon graduation from their high schools.
Hung, W. P., & Kuttolamadom, M., & Tornquist, S. (2020, June), Manufacturing Impact: Training the Trainers Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . https://peer.asee.org/34950
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