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Web-based STEM Curriculum for Rural High Schools

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Research to Practice: STRAND 5 Other Topics in K-12 Engineering Education.

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.1715.1 - 26.1715.11



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Richard Cozzens Southern Utah University

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Richard Cozzens has worked in the Aerospace Industry as Manufacturing Engineer, Tool Designer, Research and Development and as and Engineering Manager for 13 years. He has taught Engineering and Technology classes for 14 years. He is the author of 5 CAD Workbooks and is currently working on his PhD in Engineering Education.

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Web-Based STEM Curriculum for Rural High SchoolsTraditionally, students in small rural high schools do not receive the same educationalopportunities as students in more metropolitan high schools. There are many factors that limitthe opportunities such as distance, small numbers and funding. Despite these factors, it iscritical to provide STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) related educationalexperiences to all students. After all, this is when most students are making their most criticaleducational and career choices.As a university professor, I have worked with high school teachers across the state of Utah,particularly in small, rural high schools and am familiar with their challenges in providing STEMrelated courses for their students. By working collaboratively with Utah System of HigherEducation (USHE) and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), I (we) have been able toprovide support for existing STEM programs as well as help expand STEM-related curriculum to15 new rural high schools throughout the state. We (my development team and I) havedeveloped web-based curriculum that could be used as a face-to-face class, hybrid, or fullyasynchronously online class. Last year, the course was piloted at seven different high schoolsusing all forms of delivery. This project was innovative in several different respects. The mostimportant innovation was getting different entities to work together to provide qualitycurriculum, teacher support, and program opportunities for students. This combination hasprovided rural high school students the opportunity to a STEM-related education.The innovative web-based curriculum and ability to work with every level of the Utah StateEducational System has allowed us to achievement all are objectives and more. Some of theresults or outcomes are difficult to measure, there are a few direct outcomes that can and havebeen measured. The most apparent and important outcome is that we have reached studentsin 15 new rural Utah high schools and provided them with a quality STEM educationopportunity that they otherwise would not have.

Cozzens, R. (2015, June), Web-based STEM Curriculum for Rural High Schools Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25051

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