June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
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Technology is becoming more and more important in our modern “information age.” While engineering, computing, and other technology intensive professionals are in higher demand, universities are finding it harder and harder to attract and retain qualified students in science and engineering programs.1 A nationally discussed societal problem termed the “digital divide” has a great effect on which students will choose technology-related majors.2 Other related problems include attracting minorities and women to engineering and science and finding students whose K-12 education provides the background necessary to be successful in science, engineering, and technology-related fields.1,3,4,5 These challenges, along with the desire to share the excitement of computer science and technology, have lead to the development of the Technology Education for Kids (TEK) program at Arizona State University by undergraduate student members of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and associated faculty. The TEK program is similar to many other successful programs that bring college students and faculty into K-12 classrooms to teach engineering concepts and mentor K-12 teachers and students; however, the TEK curriculum specifically targets computer science and technology education (rather than general engineering). A preliminary yearlong curriculum was developed by a core group of student members of ASU’s student chapter of the ACM under the direction of the author and under the consultation of a local elementary school teacher. The pilot offerings of this computer science-related curriculum occurred during the 2001-2002 academic school year in two different local elementary schools. These initial offerings were very positive both for the elementary school students as well as the college students involved in the program. In this paper, we describe the TEK program along with its unique goals and contributions to engineering education, and we discuss what was learned during the development and pilot offerings of the TEK curriculum. In particular, we discuss the successes as well as the challenges that were faced. Finally, we discuss the future directions of the TEK program.
Gannod, B. (2003, June), Technology Education For Kids: Cultivating The Technology Professionals Of Tomorrow And Today Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11978
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