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10-10-05_01 Paul Camick

  1. 1. Improving K-12 Education in the STEM Fields Through Engineering and Technology Education
  2. 2. Welcome and Introduction <ul><li>Dr. Paul W. Camick </li></ul><ul><li>Career and Technical Education </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>DeKalb County School System – DeKalb County Georgia </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presentation Purpose <ul><li>Describe the present day engineering and technology education instructional area within the DeKalb County School System </li></ul>
  4. 4. System Demographics <ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>22 High Schools, 20 Middle Schools, 83 Elementary Schools, 18 Centers </li></ul><ul><li>102,000 Students </li></ul><ul><li>16,000 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>13,000 staff members </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd largest system in Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>ETE Program </li></ul><ul><li>18 High School – 24 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>15 Middle School – 15 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>3 Centers – 3 teachers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rewind 4 Years Ago <ul><li>Snap Shot </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of industrial arts, modular, manual drafting, with a sprinkling of engineering design focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Development </li></ul><ul><li>No comprehensive plan, dependent on GADOE </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Modular Lab – most installed in the mid 90’s (10+ years old) </li></ul><ul><li>Co – Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>2 High Schools involved in TSA - 0 involved in Robotics </li></ul>
  6. 6. Guiding Philosophy <ul><li>Curricula linked to the Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA, 2000), Benchmarks for Science Literacy (American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS], 1993), and National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences [NRC NAS], 1996), have the potential to transform current national practices in technology education to include engineering design . These practices should include the use of mathematics, science, and engineering in real world applications . Wicklein (2006) suggested that by organizing the technology education high school curriculum around the study of engineering design , educators will be able to accomplish the goal of technological literacy , and at the same time create a well defined and respected framework of a study that is understood and appreciated by all. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Guiding Philosophy <ul><li>Technological Literacy Takes Shape: Engineering Education Expands </li></ul><ul><li>Standards for Technological Literacy, ITEA 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Technically Speaking, NAE, 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Tally, NAE, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>National Governors Association STEM Agenda, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects, National Academy of Engineering & National Research Council, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>National Academy of Engineering Study Underway </li></ul><ul><li>Review of K-12 Technology & Engineering Standards </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research/Observation <ul><li>2 months of observations and interviewing teachers and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive literature review (as part of dissertation work) </li></ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented teaching practices – no consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Staff not equipped for teaching engineering or engineering design concepts, for incorporating STEM within the ETE program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many staff member had modular lab with no training for teaching within this lab concept. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inadequate facilities and equipment for teaching high tech skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many resorted back to industrial arts or manual drafting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Few schools involved in any co-curricular activities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Starting Goals <ul><li>Provide high quality standards based instruction to all students within our middle and high school engineering and technology education programs that focus on engineering design concepts . (Emphasizing STEM) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase knowledge and skills of existing workforce within the STEM fields </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the engineering and technology facility as flexible learning environment for incorporating engineering design concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Co-Curricular student participation as part of the instructional program </li></ul>
  10. 10. System Plan <ul><li>Identify, evaluate, and adopt standards based middle and high school curriculum framework(s)for teaching STEM related concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Develop facility, equipment, and support materials critical for teaching STEM related content in middle and high school environments - linked to adopted curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Identify STEM related staff development opportunities - linked to adopted curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Promote student participation in Co-curricular activities such as Technology Student Association (TSA) and Robotics competitions as an integral part of the instructional program. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Standards Based Curriculum <ul><li>Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>6th Grade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering by Design – ITEEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lego Robotics NXT Carnegie Mellon – FIRST Lego League </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7 th Grade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering by Design – ITEEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lego Robotics NXT - Carnegie Mellon – FIRST Lego League </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8 th Grade- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering by Design – ITEEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lego Robotics NXT - Carnegie Mellon – FIRST Lego League </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Standards Based Curriculum <ul><li>High School </li></ul><ul><li>Level One- Foundations of Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering the Future (Museum of Science, Boston) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level Two- Engineering Concepts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering by Design Advance Design Application (ITEEA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level Three- Engineering Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VEX/Robotics Engineering Curriculum (Intelitek) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Facilities and Equipment <ul><li>Conducted a Delphi study that set out to determine the instructional facility requirements critical to teach engineering design content in high school environments </li></ul><ul><li>Research Questions </li></ul><ul><li>What are the laboratory/facility requirements- in terms of various instructional spaces and their size (square footage) - necessary for teaching engineering design focused technology education at the high school level? </li></ul><ul><li>How should high school technology education laboratories be configured for teaching engineering design concepts? </li></ul><ul><li>How should high school technology education laboratories be equipped for teaching engineering design concepts? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Facilities and Equipment
  15. 15. Facilities and Equipment <ul><li>Support Materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print Copy </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Staff Development <ul><li>Just in Time Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Link staff development to course curriculum framework </li></ul><ul><li>Develop year long training plans for each course taught </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat training plans yearly to retrain existing staff, or train new staff as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Hire professional trainers to conduct training for first 3 years or until staff becomes confident enough to redeliver content to new or existing staff members. (Train the Trainer) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide training in a variety of ways and times (not only during summer) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Promoting Co-Curricular <ul><li>Technology Student Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Support for Teacher Expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Support for National and State Affiliation (dues) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Exdended Day Stipend – GADOE Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VEX Robotics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Materials and Equipment for VEX competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Saturday workday opportunities - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide support for travel to world competition </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Present Day <ul><li>Snap Shot </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>All Middle and High School teachers have incorporated standards based engineering design focus concepts with their ETE programs </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Development </li></ul><ul><li>A rigorous, consistent, and repetitive staff development program has been developed. All teacher have participated. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Present Day <ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>15 High school labs have been renovated, with plans to renovate the remaining – middle school labs have received updated tools and equipment for curriculum. Middle School funding is limited, has been a struggle to replace computers and other outdated equipment. </li></ul><ul><li>Co – Curricular </li></ul><ul><li>All High School Programs have active TSA and VEX robotics team. </li></ul><ul><li>All Middle School Programs have active TSA and 6 out of 15 participate in FIRST Lego league </li></ul>
  20. 21. Questions or Comments <ul><li>Dr. Paul Camick </li></ul><ul><li>DeKalb County School System </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>404-604-5102 </li></ul>

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