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Providing Support to High School STEM Teachers at Underrepresented Schools Through a Yearlong Professional Development Initiative (WIP, Diversity)

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Technical Session 5

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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7

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https://strategy.asee.org/37621

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Bonnie Achee Southeastern Louisiana University

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In addition to her primary roles of undergraduate coordinator and instructor for the Department of Computer Science at Southeastern Louisiana, Dr. Achee also serves as faculty advisor for the student chapter of ACM-W, Women in Computing. She founded the Lion's Code Coding Camp to provide a summer program for pre-college students and recruit students to the discipline and university. Her research focus is computer science education.

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Ahmad Fayed Southeastern Louisiana University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9461-8861

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Ahmad Fayed is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, a former member of the Experiential Learning team, and the Teaching Excellence Team at Southeastern Louisiana University. Ahmad holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and taught several
engineering classes at multiple schools including University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), University of Nevada Reno (UNR) and Purdue University Northwest (PNW).
His research interests include Engineering Education, Computer Vision, Robotics, Active Vibration Control and Optimization.

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Mehmet Emre Bahadir Southeastern Louisiana University

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Mehmet Emre Bahadir is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology at Southeastern Louisiana
University. His teaching and research interests are in the field of product design, industrial ecology, sustainable
manufacturing, and additive manufacturing.

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Deborah Athas Dardis Southeastern Louisiana University

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Troy Williams Southeastern Louisiana University

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Troy Williams is an Instructor of Physics in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. In his capacity at Southeastern, Dr. Williams has designed and led multiple STEM Educator professional development institutes focused on facilitating improving educator content knowledge and communication amongst STEM disciplines. His research interests in physics focuses on student-centered collaborative problem solving. Dr. Williams also serves as Co-Lead of the Northshore STEM Coalition, a member of the national STEM Learning Ecosystem network. As part of the Northshore STEM Coalition, Dr. Williams has helped to organize, develop, and deliver STEM programming to underserved communities. Troy holds a B.S. and M.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from Southern University and A&M College.

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Wendy J. Conarro Southeastern Louisiana University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2590-7947

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Mohammad Saadeh Southeastern Louisiana University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6475-6489

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I am the Industrial and Engineering Technology Department Head at Southeastern Louisiana University. I received my first two degrees in Mechatronics Engineering in Jordan and Malaysia, respectively. In 2012 I graduated from UNLV with Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and immediately joined Southeastern as an Assistant Professor. I work in the area where Mechanical meets with Electronics to produce a nice mix called Mechatronics. I enjoy working with students while teaching in classroom, or in the lab doing research.

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Tireka Cobb Ph.D. Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

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Dr. Tireka Cobb serves as the Director of LOSFA Field Outreach Services and Project Director for Louisiana GEAR UP. She and her team work to remove barriers and to promote, provide, and prepare students for their future post-secondary journey. Dr. Cobb has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and Research, specializing in Educational Technology.

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Abstract

In addition to being an employment requirement for in-service high school educators, professional development (PD) workshops in STEM fields are vital for keeping up with new innovations in both theory and practice. Integrating cross-cutting engineering concepts into a PD STEM program provides a unique opportunity for both teachers and students. Students gain a deeper understanding of individual concepts and the relationship among the components of STEM. Teachers benefit from demonstration of how this integration of concepts can be practically carried out in their classrooms. A PD institute was formed to address these needs. Delivered as a six-day workshop in Summer 2020, the PD institute continues throughout the school year to offer continued support and form a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Due to restrictions from COVID-19, the entire workshop was delivered virtually and instruction was offered to assist with remote delivery of classes and science labs in the upcoming school year. The program covers multidisciplinary engineering science and education technology topics including misconceptions in physical science, misconceptions in biological science, visual programming, CAD and 3D printing, electrical circuit simulation, and online teaching technology. In addition to instruction and continuing education credit, the teachers received classroom materials to support them in delivering these STEM contents in their schools including a 3D printer for each participating school. This paper represents the current work in progress as part of a comprehensive initiative, which also includes a ten-day summer program for high school students, to serve diverse students and educators from underrepresented communities.

Achee, B., & Fayed, A., & Bahadir, M. E., & Dardis, D. A., & Williams, T., & Conarro, W. J., & Saadeh, M., & Cobb, T. (2021, July), Providing Support to High School STEM Teachers at Underrepresented Schools Through a Yearlong Professional Development Initiative (WIP, Diversity) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37621

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