Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a set of K-12 science and engineering standards that require science teachers to deliver research-based, up-to-date science content knowledge. While Illinois adopted NGSS in 2014, the school districts and teachers must ultimately develop new curriculum to meet these standards. However, the development of such curricula can prove challenging to educators without experience in scientific research and engineering design. To address this gap in knowledge and facilitate the adoption of NGSS in Chicago Public High Schools (CPS), the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Colleges of Engineering and Education developed the innovative Bioengineering Experience for Science Teachers (BEST) program. This program pairs selected BEST applicants (Fellows) with several UIC Bioengineering faculty members and their laboratories. Here, Fellows spend six summer weeks immersed in the laboratory environment, participating in individualized research projects under UIC Bioengineering faculty mentorship. During these six weeks, Fellows develop their research skills, explore engineering design, and enhance their scientific pedagogy. Ultimately, Fellows use this experience to develop new NGSS-compliant science and engineering curricula for incorporation into their classroom the following academic year. To support the adoption of NGSS-compliant curricula, all Fellows’ curricula are uploaded to a centralized website for free download and use. Efficacy of the BEST program was assessed by mixed-method analysis surveys administered pre- and post-program in addition to weekly surveys administered throughout the program. The current study reports on the second successful year of the program. Key differences from the seminal year of the program include emphasis on mentorship between BEST Fellows and UIC Bioengineering faculty and dedicated workshop time for Fellows to develop curricula. These changes were introduced to further enhance Fellows’ experience in the program and to facilitate the development of curricula under the supervision of UIC Bioengineering and Education faculty.
Felder, A. E., & Kotche, M., & Olson, J. D., & Omitoyin, J. A. (2018, June), Year Two of the BEST Program: High School Science Teachers in Bioengineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31319
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