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STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply – Engaging Electricity Modules for Middle School (P12 Resource Exchange)

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Curriculum and Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Krystal S. Corbett Cyber Innovation Center

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Dr. Krystal Corbett is the Director of Curricula at the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2008/2010), M.S. in Mathematics (2012), and Ph.D. in Engineering Education (2012) at Louisiana Tech University. Through the CIC, Dr. Corbett manages various educational enterprises. Additionally, she is designing and implementing a three-part middle school elective course, STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply, which fosters excitement in STEM.

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Sara Hahler Louisiana Tech University

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Sara Hahler is a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University. She received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics education in 2012 from Louisiana College and is currently enrolled in the Computational Analysis and Modeling PhD program at Louisiana Tech. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a tutor for the mathematics department at Louisiana College. In 2015 she earned her Masters of Mathematics and Statistics from Louisiana Tech. Currently, she is performing research in the area of mathematics education exploring the connection between high school ACT mathematics scores and freshmen mathematic/engineering class grades.

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Electricity is one of the twelve threads in __________ curricula. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade electricity modules provide structure for teaching fundamental principles associated with electricity in an engaging and less intimidating manner at the middle school level. Using the engineering design process as a guide, students are able to address in-depth concepts related to electricity in an engaging manner. Students will design a creative flashlight, build and send messages on a telegraph, and develop an electronic board game. The presented resource materials will include physical copies of the electricity modules and visual aids.

Corbett, K. S., & Hahler, S. (2016, June), STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply – Engaging Electricity Modules for Middle School (P12 Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25873

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