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Stem At Work

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15.1091.1 - 15.1091.8



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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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RICHARD GILBERT is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at
the University of South Florida. He is a co-pi on the FL-ATE Center Grant. He has developed
educational materials for ISA (Instrument Society of America), AVS (American Vacuum
Society) Science Educator’s Workshop, and the National Science Foundation through a grant to
develop high school science and math curriculum content. He is currently working with D. L.
Jamerson Elementary School to develop curriculum content for its Center for Math and
Engineering. Dr. Gilbert has over 20 patents for biomedical equipment and protocols.

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Marilyn Barger Hillsborough Community College

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MARILYN BARGER is the Principle Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida
Regional Center for Advanced Technological Education funded by NSF and housed at
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Florida since 2004. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry
at Agnes Scott College, and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane
separation science and technology for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curriculum for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school and post secondary institutions. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory board for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida and a Fellow of ASEE.

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Andrew Hoff University of South Florida

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ANDREW M. HOFF is with the Department of Electrical Engineering., USF, Tampa, FL
(33620). He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from Penn State in 1988. His research and work has
focused on novel electronic materials processing and characterization for over two decades. Dr.
Hoff’s recent activities include on-line metrology methods for SiC manufacturing and novel
methods of drug and gene delivery to cells.

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STEM Works because of Talent, Training, Time, and Tools


A significant and growing disparity exists between high school exit demonstrated academic achievements and community college minimal entrance expectations. This gap impacts the number of people entering technical and engineering career pathways. The School District of Hillsborough County in the Tampa Bay region of Florida is the 9th largest school district in the country and at its service area community college, Hillsborough Community College alone, over 40% of the first year courses are classified as developmental. The focus of these courses is driven by course content that provides preparation for but not first year college chemistry, physics or calculus instruction. Bypassing the discussion that this current remediation educational practice does or does not provide the mathematics and science instruction students need, it is clear that an intermediate stage between high school and two year or four year technical and engineering degrees is not an efficient educational pathway for producing the 21st Century technical workforce. Any effort to alter this current practice requires a shift in the instructional content and instructor motivation in K-12 education.

The increased awareness that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum represents an innovative approach for education with respect to content for and relevance to the K-12 student population, the NSF-ATE regional center of Advanced Technical Education in Florida (FLATE) has begun a major effort to help Florida’s K-14 educators, the K-12 and community college faculty, integrate STEM into the classroom environment. This paper will outline the strategies that FLATE has developed, adopted and/or adapted for this task with attention to the tools needed for success. Specific examples of STEM content integration into the elementary school, K-5, middle school, 6-8, and high school, 9-12, class room will be showcased. Features of FLATE’s new “sTEm-at- Work” website will also be highlighted.

The Situation

Historically, industry in the United States has used outsourcing as a strategy to balance cost and productivity. In the 19th and 20th centuries industrial America used its own immigrant population as part of an “in-sourcing” version of this strategy since that workforce was coming to the country and it could be used as a temporary labor resource as needed. Eventually, with the ultimate aid of WWII, the nation built an effective network of small machine shops, specialized manufacturing companies, and part suppliers to support the country’s major manufacturers and trained this workforce by expanding its industrial revolution based educational structure. Today American industry continues to outsource but now “off shores” these activities.

Gilbert, R., & Barger, M., & Hoff, A. (2010, June), Stem At Work Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16374

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