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Relevant Education for Math and Science (REMS): Engineering Applications of STEM Concepts for Grades 5-12Connecting math and science concepts to real-world applications can help to generate studentinterest in STEM disciplines and careers. In this research, we present the design, development,and assessment of a university-led outreach program to address this need. Relevant Education inMath and Science (REMS) is a program designed to use real-world problems to make math andscience fun and meaningful for students in grades 5–12. The goals of the REMS program are to:(a) create an effective math and science curriculum for grades 5–12 with a hands-on engineeringfocus; (b) increase the number of 5th – 12th grade math and science teachers using age-appropriate teaching modules linking math and science to real-world engineering challenges; and(c) increase the number of students who have access to fun, age-appropriate hands-on activitiesthat link math and science to real world problems.The curriculum is designed to provide students with an improved understanding and retention ofmathematical and scientific concepts through the use of relevant laboratory lessons based uponreal-world scenarios. On-line activities have also been developed that capture the essence of thein-lab laboratory experiences. These on-line interactive activities provide access to a broadnational audience of teachers and students.In this work, we present the current engineering lab activities which consist of in-lab and on-linemodules developed for three different activities in three different real-world contexts:competitive manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare. These modules are linked to curricularsubject standards found in math and science. Some of the activities include cycle time analysisand balancing of a skateboard assembly line; productivity analysis related to order picking,workstation design, and sorting of recyclable household items; and patient/workflow in ahealthcare system.In addition, we present the multi-phased design, development, and assessment process that wasutilized as well as results of over 1,300 surveys completed by students and teachers that haveparticipated in lab activities. Through participation in REMS activities, students can realizeimportant connections between math and science concepts and real-world problems to stimulatetheir curiosity and interest in STEM fields.
Kuhl, M. E., & Kaemmerlen, J., & Marshall, M., & Mozrall, J. R., & Carville, J. L. (2015, June), Relevant Education in Math and Science (REMS): K-12 STEM Outreach Program Using Industrial Engineering Applications Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24666
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