Connecting the original design work
of students to opportunities and the
national STEM conversation
Tens of thousands of high school and post-secondary students complete
original engineering design and problem solving proj...
Students who are demonstrably capable of engineering design and problem
solving work are highly valued in the post-seconda...
“…..Without a systematic process for reviewing original student design
work there is no way to incorporate the value of th...
March 2010
University of Maryland – College Park
In March of 2010 representatives from K-12, industry, post-secondary and
...
2 – Create multiple, ongoing, Interactive, opportunities for recognition of
individual submissions
3– Create a means of id...
iPortal Team
Developing and
Maintaining
“Opportunity
Modules” and
Relationships
with supporters
Accessible
directly throug...
How is the Innovation Portal Concept Unique?
•Free and Secure Online Drag-and-Drop Portfolio
builder software
•Single port...
PLTW EDD: Unit I, Lesson 1 - Innovation portal introduction
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  • The goals listed here are aimed at addressing some of the main obstacles to connecting student design work with opportunities like scholarships, admission preferences, third party reviewers and competitions. Much like a science fair, if these students ( and teachers) had a standardized means of organizing and presenting their work around a recognized model of assessment, many of the obstacles could be removed.
  • In a nut shell then, the goal of the iPortal is to create an online space and structured system where students can build and then connect their work with “opportunities” for recognition while in the same “space” making it easy for organizations interested in the work to offer and then review and manage, what is here being referred to as, “Opportunity Modules”
  • That is a quick overview of the vision for the Innovation Portal. Thank you again for your interest and energy to help pilot the most important part of the whole process; the creation of student projects using the template and process described at this iPortal Pilot Group web site. As one professor I spoke with about this project commented; “If you had just fifty of these portfolios organized in this manner I could build an entire scholarship and recruitment competition around them now…when will they be ready?” Nice comment… I hope to give him his answer soon… Thank you all again… Mark Schroll
  • PLTW EDD: Unit I, Lesson 1 - Innovation portal introduction

    1. 1. Connecting the original design work of students to opportunities and the national STEM conversation
    2. 2. Tens of thousands of high school and post-secondary students complete original engineering design and problem solving projects each year. The vast majority of these students simply close their project portfolios and move on when the project is finished as opportunities for them to seek recognition for their work beyond the classroom are few and varied. The Problem
    3. 3. Students who are demonstrably capable of engineering design and problem solving work are highly valued in the post-secondary and industry arena yet there is no standardized format or vehicle for interested parties to use to view and evaluate their engineering design work. The Problem “Hands down, a student with decent grades and a solid experience in a capstone design course would be at the top of my list for admission to our engineering program …..However….”
    4. 4. “…..Without a systematic process for reviewing original student design work there is no way to incorporate the value of the work into the algorithm of college admissions or any other recognition process. Without a standardized assessment tool to organize and evaluate any submitted work there can be no systematic process.” The Challenge… A well recognized engineering design process portfolio scoring rubric A single template for displaying student work designed around the scoring rubric and made accessible to a reviewer
    5. 5. March 2010 University of Maryland – College Park In March of 2010 representatives from K-12, industry, post-secondary and private institutions were brought together to begin the discussion of what an engineering design process assessment rubric should contain and how it could be used to support curriculum development. The discussions lead to a final draft of a rubric entitled “The Engineering Design Process Portfolio Scoring Rubric” (or EDPPSR) in December of 2010 that will become part of a university study to validate the document as an assessment tool.
    6. 6. 2 – Create multiple, ongoing, Interactive, opportunities for recognition of individual submissions 3– Create a means of identifying, extracting, documenting and distributing noteworthy Innovation Portal events for all stakeholders 1 - Create a web-based, secure (IP issues) and standardized process for building and posting student portfolios of original design work 60,000 Foot Goals The Rubric Student Work Interest from Post- Secondary, Industry, and the Public Sector How to connect the pieces
    7. 7. iPortal Team Developing and Maintaining “Opportunity Modules” and Relationships with supporters Accessible directly through student accounts iPortal Team Developing and Maintaining Ongoing Output of iPortal Stories and Reports Students building online project portfolios based around the rubric in a secure and instructor managed environment
    8. 8. How is the Innovation Portal Concept Unique? •Free and Secure Online Drag-and-Drop Portfolio builder software •Single portfolio template designed directly around the EDPPSR rubric •Free and Secure “Teacher’s Accounts” to connect to multiple student works •Direct connection to competitions, scholarship possibilities and other opportunities related to original problem solving works from the student account •Non-profit team dedicated to increasing the number of opportunities and resources available directly through the Innovation Portal •All accounts, and data are the sole property of the students

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