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Secret Agent Engineering (Curriculum Exchange)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.1359.1 - 26.1359.2



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Katheryn Kennedy Stevens Institute of Technology, CIESE

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Kathy Kennedy is a Program Manager at CIESE, the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. Kathy serves as the Program Manager for PISA2, and 11.5 million dollar NSF-sponsored MSP program. Kathy is also responsible for conducting teacher training and workshops; and developing Internet-based curriculum materials for Math Science Partnerships with K-12 school districts. Prior to joining CIESE, she taught biology at the high school and college level and has taught earth and physical science at the middle school level. Kathy received a B.S. in Biology from Siena College and a M.S. in Biomedical Science from Baylor University. Currently she is pursuing a PhD through Walden University.

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Secret Agent Engineering – Curriculum ExchangeSecret Agent Engineering provides a context for students to apply understanding of wavebehavior and patterns while designing a code and device to transmit location information torescue their classmates from “disaster”. Elementary students engage in NGSS wave transferthinking while applying knowledge of light and/or sound waves. Designed codes and devices arepresented to promote and demonstrate understanding of science and engineering. Differentiationof requirements and materials facilitates scaffolding to meet varied population needs. Materialsused during two forty five minute classes range from flashlights, colored paddles, rubber bands,straws and shoe boxes. Teacher feedback supports continued implementation.

Kennedy, K. (2015, June), Secret Agent Engineering (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24696

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