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Training teachers on the Internet of Things (Evaluation)

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Technical Session 4

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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14

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Melissa A. Dagley University of Central Florida

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Melissa Dagley is the Executive Director of Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Dagley serves as Director of the previously NSF-funded STEP 1a program “EXCEL:UCF-STEP Pathways to STEM: From Promise to Prominence" and PI for the NSF-funded STEP 1b program “Convincing Outstanding-Math-Potential Admits to Succeed in STEM (COMPASS)”. She is currently a Co-PI for the Girls EXCELling in Math and Science (GEMS) and WISE@UCF industry funded women’s mentoring initiatives. Through iSTEM Dr. Dagley works to promote and enhance collaborative efforts on STEM education and research by bringing together colleges, centers, and institutes on campus, as well as other stakeholders with similar interest in STEM initiatives. Her research interests lie in the areas of student access to education, sense of community, retention, first-year experience, living-learning communities, and persistence to graduation for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.

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Damla Turgut University of Central Florida

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Damla Turgut is Professor of Computer Science at University of Central Florida. She received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include wireless ad hoc, sensor, underwater and vehicular networks, as well as considerations of privacy in the Internet of Things. She is also interested in applying big data techniques for improving STEM education for women and minorities. She is PI and Co-PI for NSF-funded REU and RET programs respectively. Her recent honors and awards include 2017 University Excellence in Professional Service Award and being featured in the UCF Women Making History series in March 2015. She was co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICC 2013. Dr. Turgut serves as a member of the editorial board and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and international conferences. She is a member of IEEE, ACM, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honorary society.

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Hyoung Jin Cho University of Central Florida Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6563-4317

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Hyoung Jin Cho is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2002, MS and BS in Materials Engineering from Seoul National University in 1991 and 1989, respectively. He was a recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2004. His main research interest is in the development of microscale actuators, sensors and microfluidic components based on micro- and nanotechnology.

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Eleazar Vasquez

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Director and Professor for the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute and the College for Community Innovation and Education.

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Abstract

The objective of the NSF RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) site program was to provide K-12 teachers with a hands-on engineering design experience covering all aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT). This program provided teachers learning opportunities to explore the practical use of science for engineering applications, and a context in which students in their classroom could test their own scientific knowledge as they recognize the interplay among science, engineering and technology. The uniqueness of the RET site program existed in the incorporation of teachers’ scientific development beyond the standard research experience by using methods based on the Train-the-Trainer model, allowing rotation through multiple research labs rather than restricting to one experience and developing an end product of lesson plans for the classroom in addition to findings in the research.

The site program served 10-13 teachers annually in middle and high schools in the adjacent public school districts with significant efforts made to recruit those serving underrepresented student populations. Participants rotated to four different laboratories with a 1.5-3 week residency in each, where they learned about the practice of engineering in various disciplines at the research laboratories under the guidance of faculty and graduate mentors. The teachers presented their learning outcomes and newly created lesson plans in the final week and were invited back twice in the academic year to share their implementation experiences and lessons learned. Annually, 3-4 teachers from the prior year’s cohort were invited to engage in teacher training for the new cohort.

This paper will address the implementation, initial evaluation and lessons learned of the RET Site including a description of the train the trainer methodology and process, the research module rotation and execution and lesson plan development and implementation. Specific examples of the research modules and lesson plans will be show cased, as will other relevant products.

Dagley, M. A., & Turgut, D., & Cho, H. J., & Vasquez, E. (2021, July), Training teachers on the Internet of Things (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37927

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