June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
15.963.1 - 15.963.6
Poster: The Systems and Global Engineering Project Abstract
Systems engineering is a rapidly growing field that addresses the need for multiple entities to collaborate on the development and operation of complex products and systems. Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Technology Education Association have partnered to develop, pilot and disseminate systems and global engineering instructional modules for use in high school engineering, technology and science courses. This paper/poster provides an overview of the Systems and Global Engineering (SAGE) project including a description of the instructional modules and results of teacher surveys and pre-and post-tests administered to students who participated in the Introduction to Core Concepts of Systems Engineering module.
The SAGE Project
Engineering is increasingly conducted in a global environment that requires multiple entities to collaborate on the development and operation of complex products and systems. Systems engineering is a rapidly growing field that addresses this need. Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA) have partnered to develop, pilot and disseminate systems and global engineering instructional modules for use in high school engineering, technology and science courses.
During the early spring of 2008, the project staff, working together with faculty from the School of Systems Enterprises identified the specific systems engineering concepts and types of activities which could engage students in mastering these concepts. As Systems Engineering is a relatively new disciplinary field of academic study, our working group has been able to draw upon the expertise of several Stevens faculty members who have written textbooks and are conducting research on systems engineering concept learning. During this planning phase, it was determined that students should:
≠ Learn about and experience systems engineering concepts and practice
≠ Engage in a geographically-distributed design experience that has a hands-on technological design activity
≠ Where possible, make use of CAD software such as Pro/Engineer
An application process was used to select six lead teachers who would develop instructional modules for use in New Jersey and, eventually, throughout the U.S. and internationally. NJTEA members were recruited to become lead teachers. Interested teachers submitted applications and six teacher-leaders were chosen. Lead teachers received a stipend for a scope of work that included several meetings with project staff at Stevens Institute of Technology, development of content specific modules, teaching during the summer institute and continued assistance in refining the modules. During the spring and early summer the six lead teachers from worked in
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