Asee peer logo

Technology Education In K 12: Revelations From Designing And Delivering A Robotics Lesson Plan For Pre Service Teachers

Download Paper |


2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

K-12 Engineering and Pre-College Outreach Poster Session

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

12.1380.1 - 12.1380.10



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland-Eastern Shore


Madhumi Mitra University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

visit author page

Madhumi Mitra is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is also the Coordinator of the Biology Education program at UMES. Dr. Mitra obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2002 from the Department of Botany at North Carolina State University. She is actively involved in research in the fields of marine biology, environmental science and paleopalynology.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Technology Education in K-12: Revelations from Designing and Delivering a Robotics Lesson Plan for Pre-Service Teachers

Abstract In partnership with NASA, National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and Bennett College for Women, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) hosted the 11th Pre-service Teacher Program. The program had two significant components: a) A national Pre- service Teacher Conference (PSTC) held at Alexandria, VA, during February 16-18, 2006, that drew participation from HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), HSIs(Hispanic Serving Institutions), TCUs ( Tribal Colleges and Universities) and majority universities with significant minority enrollment and b) An intensive two week Preservice Teacher Institute (PSTI) in the summer for a relatively small group of pre-service teachers held at NASA Langley for inspiring future K-12 teachers in the fields of mathematics, science, and technology education fields. This paper will focus on a robotics activity designed by the primary author for the PSTI. While designing the activity the technology education standards as proposed by ITEA (International Technology Education Association)/CTTE (Council on Technology Teacher Education) and ISTE (International Standard for Technology Education) were consulted and incorporated in the lesson. For the primary author, who is an engineering educator the experience revealed the confusion that prevails in the teacher education field with regard to “technology education” and its evolving standards. It is important for engineering educators to get involved and facilitate K-12 curricula development efforts based on these standards, and provide clarity to how “technology education” in the K-12 is related to vocational technology, instructional technology, mathematics, sciences, engineering and engineering technology.

1. Introduction and Overview of the PSTP 2006 The need for emphasis in (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) STEM education in K-12 and beyond is paramount to the development of the future workforce of the nation and its’ ability to compete successfully in the increasingly technology driven global market of the future. The future workforce in STEM areas will have to successfully attract individuals from the underrepresented minority population to meet the vast human resource needs [1, 2]. NASA along with NSF, Department of Education, and other federal agencies are playing an active role in these efforts. PSTP is one such project developed and implemented by NASA for pre-service STEM education majors in partnership with colleges and universities of higher learning. The PSTP project has been ongoing since 1995 with the overarching goal of providing enrichment activities to pre-

Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M. (2007, June), Technology Education In K 12: Revelations From Designing And Delivering A Robotics Lesson Plan For Pre Service Teachers Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2940

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2007 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015