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Toys 'n MORE: STEM Students Introduced to One or More Intervention Strategies

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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17

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25.1367.1 - 25.1367.17

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https://peer.asee.org/22124

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Janice M. Margle P.E. Pennsylvania State University, Abington

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Janice M. Margle, Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State, Abington, received her M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is Co-PI and Project Manager of the NSF-Sponsored Toys’n MORE grant and currently teaches introductory thermodynamics and introductory engineering design courses. She is active in promoting activities to increase the number of women and minorities in engineering. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and has worked for IBM, the Navy, NASA, PPL, and private industry.

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Catherine L. Cohan Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Catherine Cohan has 15 years of experience as a research psychologist. She has expertise in the use of longitudinal designs, various modes of data collection (e.g., questionnaires, personal interviews, observational data), and survey research methods.

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Yu-Chang Hsu Boise State University

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Yu-Chang Hsu is Assistant Professor of educational technology at Boise State University. His research interests include cognitive and metacognitive processes of integrating multiple external representations in STEM fields, learning and instructional innovation through emerging technologies, and information and new media literacy. Before joining Boise State University, he served as the Assessment Coordinator (postdoctoral scholar) for the College of Engineering at Penn State University in the Toys’n MORE project funded by the NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program Grant (DUE # 0756992). He was one of the project leaders, conducting STEM education research with populations including underrepresented students, coordinating assessment efforts across 15 commonwealth campuses, and providing leadership in writing the annual reports.

Hsu is selected as one of the Mobile Learning Scholars of Boise State University for his innovative proposal on integrating mobile learning and applications in his graduate level course Instructional Message Design, where students engage in real-time data collection, design example sharing, and community building. He has taught a new workshop for K-12 teachers and a new course for graduate students on using Google’s Android App Inventor to help educators leverage the power of mobile computing and applications for learning and instruction. In a recent project funded by Idaho Digital Learning Academy, he assesses K-12 online students’ learning through triangulating survey responses, mining server logs, and analyzing online discussion activities. In addition, he currently serves as one of the PIs of a research project developing an artificial intelligence Decision Support System (DSS) to help online K-12 educators, including STEM teachers, detect at-risk students and provide early pedagogical intervention.

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Jill L. Lane Clayton State University

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Jill Lane has more than 15 years experience working with faculty and teaching assistants on methods to enhance teaching and learning. She has conducted various workshops on teaching methods at universities and at international conferences. While at Penn State, she worked with numerous departments on course restructuring and collaborated with more than 300 faculty members on the design, assessment, and evaluation of their courses. She is currently the Dean of Assessment and Instructional Development at
Clayton State University, where she oversees faculty development and accreditation activities. Lane holds a doctorate of education in instructional systems from Penn State, a master’s of education in computing in education from Rosemont College, and a bachelor of science in mathematics education from Penn State. Her research centers on the sustainability of innovations in education.

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Amy Freeman Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Amy L. Freeman is Assistant Dean of Engineering Diversity at the Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Ph.D. in workforce education and her M.S. in architectural engineering. She is Co-PI on the NSF-Sponsored Toys’n MORE grant and currently manages several retention programs targeting more than 2,000 women and underrepresented technical students at all levels of the academic and career development pipeline. She is also an executive member of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) organization.

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Javier Gomez-Calderon Pennsylvania State University

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Javier Gomez-Calderon is a professor of mathematics and Mathematics Coordinator at Penn State, New Kensington. He is the author or co-author of 31 articles, four textbooks, four in-house booklets, and the faculty mentor of eight student publications. Gomez-Calderon served as the Head of the Mathematics Division (fourteen campuses) from 2002 to 2006, as the Mathematics Division Coordinator from 2010 to 2011, and obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Arizona. Gomez-Calderon was the recipient of the 2007 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2002 Commonwealth College Outstanding Research Award, the 2001 Valley News Dispatch Coach of the Year, the 1997 New Kensington Excellence in Teaching Award, the 1996 Theresa Cohen Mathematics Service Award, and the 1989 New Kensington Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Dhushy Sathianathan California State University, Long Beach

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Dhushy Sathianathan is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. Sathianathan has been actively involved in engineering education initiatives since 1994. He led several NSF funded initiatives to enhance engineering education, especially focused on retention. He is the Co-founder of the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship. He is a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow. He has received the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and DOW Outstanding Faculty Award for his work in engineering education.

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Renata S. Engel P.E. Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Renata S. Engel is Associate Dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering at Penn State. A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, she is professor of engineering design and engineering science and mechanics and has served as Executive Director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Engel is PI of the NSF-Sponsored Toys’n MORE grant at Penn State. Through various projects and initiatives, she has incorporated elements of design in fundamental engineering courses, and has provided leadership to Penn State’s efforts to assess student learning outcomes. For her individual and collaborative contributions to engineering education, she has received several awards including the University’s George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, and the Outstanding Alumna of the Fayette Campus, and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. An active member in the American Society for Engineering Education, Engel has held leadership positions in the Mechanics Division and Middle Atlantic Section and as the Vice President for Member Affairs. She was ASEE President in 2010-11 and is currently on the Board of Directors.

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Abstract

Toys and Mathematical Options for Retention in Engineering (Toys’n MORE) STEM Students Introduced to One or More Intervention StrategiesThis paper presents data resulting from the implementation of a project referred to as Toys andMathematical Options for Retention in Engineering (Toys’n MORE). Its goal is to increase thenumber of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors by 10%.This project is being conducted by the College of Engineering at _____ through an NSF-sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program grant(STEP grant # 0756992). The project involves the College of Engineering and 13geographically-dispersed campuses in the _____ system. These campuses are feeder schools forthe main campus and offer associate and bachelor degrees in STEM majors. The project is basedon four strategies, three interventions plus an assessment and evaluation component. The threeinterventions include: (a) tutoring programs that serve four foundational mathematics courses(three pre-calculus and one calculus); (b) a freshman toy-based design course (called Toy FUN-damentals) in which dissection and re-design of toys is used to engage students in a positiveenvironment; and (c) a summer bridge program at three regional campuses to facilitateunderrepresented incoming engineering freshmen in transitioning from high school to college.The strength of this project lies in the comprehensive scope of the interventions as well as itslarge sample size.Covering five semesters of data collection, this paper focuses on the scope of the study byexamining the number of students in the three interventions. First, we will report the number ofstudents in the targeted math courses who participate in tutoring, the toy-design courses, and theregional summer bridge programs. Second, we will report the number of students engaged intwo of the interventions (e.g., math tutoring and a toy-design course). Third, we will examinethe math performance and engineering self-efficacy among students engaged in one versus twoof the interventions.

Margle, J. M., & Cohan, C. L., & Hsu, Y., & Lane, J. L., & Freeman, A., & Gomez-Calderon, J., & Sathianathan, D., & Engel, R. S. (2012, June), Toys 'n MORE: STEM Students Introduced to One or More Intervention Strategies Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22124

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