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Teaching Teachers To Teach Math And Science Via Engineering Activities At The University Of Toledo (T4 Ms/E)

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.492.1 - 4.492.9

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Sammie Giles

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Mark Pickett

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Doug Oliver

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Session 1380

Teaching Teachers to Teach Math & Science via Engineering Activities at The University of Toledo (T4MSIE)

Mark Pickett, Doughs Oliver and Sammie Giles College of Engineering, University of Toledo


One of the common threads of many of the reform efforts in secondary mathematics and science education involves an emphasis on ‘ hands on’ team projects for science and the use of ‘ real-world,’ yet simple applications for mathematics. In the opinion of the authors, engineers have a great deal to offer to realize both of these educational reform goals. In this paper the four engineering activities introduced are appropriate for secondary math and/or science classes. This paper describes four projects used in a collaborative effort at the University of Toledo between engineering professors and education professors to create a successful course entitled T4MS/E: ‘ Teaching Teachers to Teach Math & Science via En& neering Activities’ . The course was graduate-level, targeting secondary science and mathematics teachers in local schools. The course was offered through the education college but it was taught primarily by engineering faculty. The material presented was ‘ hands-on’ in nature and included projects where physics and engineering design may be combined in the secondary math and science curriculum. The effort involved two semesters of work. During the first semester, participants (the math and science teachers) worked under a team of engineering faculty on a set of engineering activities which were appropriate to secondary-level physical science curricula. In the second semester, the participants worked with secondary students in a summer day-camp setting to implement the same set of activities. These sec- ondary students came primarily from ethnic groups which are under-represented in the engineering profession.

2. BEAM BENDING Many physical science teachers are call upon to advise a student who is constructing a light-weight sturdy structure such as a balsawood bridge or a tower for a science competition. One of the basic components of such a structure is a beam. Beam failure can occur in several modes, one of these is failure due to a bending moment. This project investigates a bending moment created by an concentrated force located at the center of a simply supported beam (Fig. 1).

Giles, S., & Pickett, M., & Oliver, D. (1999, June), Teaching Teachers To Teach Math And Science Via Engineering Activities At The University Of Toledo (T4 Ms/E) Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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