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The Smarte Enrichment Projects: Summer Academy For Middel School Teachers

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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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4.537.1 - 4.537.7

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Mulchand S. Rathod

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Joella H. Gipson

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Session 2548


Mulchand S. Rathod Joella H. Gipson Division of Engineering Technology College of Education Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48202

SUMMARY INTRODUCTION The Southeast Michigan Alliance for Reinvestment in Technological Education Based on the 1986 report, A Nation Prepared, (SMARTE) is a consortium of community colleges, there is a direct link between economic growth in the school systems, Wayne State University, and United States and the skills and abilities of the businesses in southeast Michigan formed in people who contribute to that growth [4]. The US September 1993. The alliance exists to promote Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that under communication and cooperation among its partners represented groups including women will constitute to address mutual needs pertaining to education of nearly 70% of the new entrants into the labor force technological workforce. The specific mission of by the year 2000 [5,6]. Population projections this virtual center is to collaboratively focus on indicate that the non-white racial and ethnic groups restructuring product design curricula and teaching will constitute an increasing percentage of the total practices with authentic activities in an application US population in the next century. Demographic mode. realities manifest an urgent need for intervention to assist and promote the representation of all people In the fast changing world of science and and especially under represented ethnic and racial technology, there exists a need for an integrated groups and women in careers that contribute to education experience for middle school students so society through education, creation of new learning that students and their parents and teachers environments, and transfer of skills to future appreciate the fact that technical education provide generations. viable careers. Students at the middle school level should nourished to become talented technicians and Public Law 99-383 gives special, directed engineering professional as they proceed into the purpose for increasing the representation of under world of technological development. One of the represented groups in the areas of science, important activities of the consortium is to organize engineering, and technology,. The task force enrichment activities of middle school teachers and established under the auspices of the legislation counselors, known as Summer Academy for reported the following: America faces a shortfall of Teachers. scientists and engineers by the year 2000; and these shortfalls can only be met by utilizing all of our Curriculum is designed for teaching middle nations’s talent, i.e., women and under represented school teachers and counselors. In a laboratory ethnic/racial groups [7,15,16,17]. based setting, CAD/CAM, computers and programming, manufacturing, and electrical/electronics are taught by a team of faculty members from school system, community college, and WSU. In our first phase, a group of 12 teachers participated in pilot setting of a two week summer session at WSU. This paper shares the curriculum components, teachers’ learning, laboratory setting, teacher perceptions of technical curricula, and lessons learned. Additionally, this brief report identifies and compares outcomes of this enrichment activity for middle school teachers and counselors.


Rathod, M. S., & Gipson, J. H. (1999, June), The Smarte Enrichment Projects: Summer Academy For Middel School Teachers Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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