July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Pre-College Engineering Education
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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