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The Inspires Curriculum: Engaging Future Engineers And Scientists

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering in High Schools

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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10

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12.1441.1 - 12.1441.10

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https://peer.asee.org/2723

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Greg Russ University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Gregory Russ graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is currently pursuing a MS degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Engineering Education, also from UMBC. He is a member of several prestigious honor societies, most notably the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

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Jonathan Rice University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Jonathan Rice is a graduate student in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at UMBC. He received his Bachelors degree from UMBC in May 2006.

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Carolyn Parker George Washington University

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Carolyn Parker is an Assistant Professor and lead faculty member to the Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She holds a BS in Biology, MA in Teaching and PhD in Curriculum Instruction and Science Education. Dr. Parker’s research interests are in the achievement of women and underrepresented groups in science/technology.

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John Raczek University of Maryland

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John W. Raczek is a Web Developer in the Office of Medical Education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His work focuses on developing software systems for education with an emphasis on simulation.

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Bruce Jarrell University of Maryland-School of Medicine

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Bruce Jarrell is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has been an active teacher of medical students and residents of surgery since 1980 and has received the Clinical Teacher of the Year numerous times. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

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Taryn Bayles University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Taryn Bayles is a Professor of the Practice of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at UMBC, where she teaches, the Introduction to Engineering Design course, among other Chemical Engineering courses. Her research interests include engineering education and outreach, and has received funding from NSF in excess of $3.6M.

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Julia Ross University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Julia M. Ross is the Chair of the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her technical research interests are in the area of cellular engineering. In particular, her work focuses on bacterial adhesion to physiological surfaces. In addition, she maintains an active research program in curriculum development with a focus on workforce development.

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The INSPIRES Curriculum: Stimulating Future Generations of Engineers and Scientists Abstract

The INSPIRES Curriculum (INcreasing Student Participation, Interest and Recruitment in Engineering and Science), funded by the National Science Foundation, is being developed in response to the critical national need to recruit more students into STEM-related fields. The curriculum seeks to accomplish this goal by exposing students to a combination of real-world examples, hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning activities that target the ITEA Standards for Technological Literacy as well as national standards in science and mathematics.

Two new modules are being added to the INSPIRES Curriculum in 2006-2007: Engineering in Flight: A Hot Air Balloon Case Study and Engineering Energy Solutions: A Renewable Energy System Case Study. Each introduces students to the engineering design and decision-making process, while also teaching basic engineering concepts. In these curriculum modules, the students progress through a series of hands-on activities and demonstrations, web-based tutorials, and computer simulations during which they learn the principles that govern the system under study. Next, the students are issued a challenge to design, build and evaluate their own systems by utilizing results obtained from computer simulations. At the end of the project, the students return to the computer module to discover about ‘real world’ applications related to the content they have learned. This part of the curriculum includes career information and video of practicing engineers highlighting their work.

In addition to the curriculum development effort, professional development and in-service training with the curriculum are being provided for teachers prior to module use in the classroom. During the 2006-2007 academic year, several Maryland high schools covering a broad range of demographics will be testing the curriculum and providing data to the study. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the two new curriculum modules and present results of student learning, interest and attitudes. Finally, we will discuss the results of the related professional development workshops.

Rationale

The recent report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” written by a pre-eminent committee (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine) identified four recommendations that federal policy makers should take to bolster U.S. competitiveness in science and technology. At the top of their list was “to increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics and science education”1. In addition, the National Science Foundation predicts that between 1998 and 2008 employment opportunities for engineering will increase by twenty percent, yet the trend of declining enrollment in engineering disciplines is expected to create a shortage of engineers in the U.S. in the near future2. For the U.S. to remain technologically competitive in the 21st century, more students must be recruited to science and engineering. While percent of women and minorities in the workforce has grown steadily over the past several years, they still comprise only nine and four percent, respectively, of the engineering workforce3,4. The recruitment of more students into STEM-related careers,

Russ, G., & Rice, J., & Parker, C., & Raczek, J., & Jarrell, B., & Bayles, T., & Ross, J. (2007, June), The Inspires Curriculum: Engaging Future Engineers And Scientists Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2723

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