June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.969.1 - 23.969.21
Pipeline for Progress: Multi-Level Institutional Collaboration for Engineering EducationThe Biosystems Technology Advanced Technological Education (BT-ATE)project developed and implemented three levels of biosystems technology (BT)education curricula for secondary school, technical college and university levels.The project’s goal is to develop a workforce of qualified technical programgraduates for the bioprocessing/biomanufacturing industry. For three years,project investigators worked to accomplish this goal by developing BT educationalcurricula for secondary, technical college, and university students.The three defining objectives of the BT-ATE project were:• to increase the engineering, technology, science, and agriculture knowledge oftwo-and four-year technical degree graduates to prepare them for technicalpositions in biomanufacturing/bioprocessing industries;• to increase the engineering, technology, life science, and mathematics knowledgebase of preservice and in-service secondary agriculture education teachers and;• to stimulate student interest in Biosystems Technology among secondary studentsand encourage those from underrepresented and economically disadvantagedgroups to pursue technical degree programs.Objective one faced several challenges. One aspect was to design and implement aBiosystems Technology Certificate Program for a local technical college to trainsecondary students for technical jobs. The certificate program was developed andapproved by the state, but changes in key personnel delayed implementation. Oneof the original grant participants was rehired at the college, and plans to offer thecertificate in spring of 2013.The second aspect of objective one was a 15-hour Biosystems Technology minoropen to students in any major at the research institution, but targeted to studentsmajoring in agriculture education. The minor has been developed and is awaitingfinal administrative approval. A key course was implemented in 2012.Objective two was and continues to be successful. The design for a secondary BTcurriculum was completed and in Year One the SC State Director of AgriculturalEducation approved the BT career pathway for secondary students. AgriculturalEducation teacher recruitment and retention stabilized in Year Two.The Summer Teaching and Learning Institute training was well attended andteacher implementation of the BT curriculum in secondary schools improvedconsistently each year. The success of the secondary education component wasprimarily due to the project investigators flexibility and willingness tocommunicate and consult with all stakeholders. Evaluators’ findings demonstratethat modifications and willingness to understand problems and significant issuesproduced improvements in critical areas of the BT ATE project.Investigators will build upon the success of objective two to facilitate attainment ofobjective three. Agriculture is a vital part of the state’s economy and educationallandscape that will experience many stresses as impacts of global climate changeincrease in severity. Most agricultural counties are economically challenged.Career choice in these areas is limited. Annually, more than 11,000 secondary SCstudents enroll in elective agricultural education courses. Exposing students tobioprocessing/biomanufacturing career opportunities and enhancing their math andscience skills will improve their quality of life and offer financial stability.This paper focuses on successes and challenges. It includes evaluation methodsand results that other institutions can replicate and tailor to their needs.
Drapcho, C. M., & Crockett, L. (2013, June), Pipeline for Progress: Multi-Level Institutional Collaboration for Engineering Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22354
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