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Making STEM Connections - Ted Ducas

  1. 1. Making STEM Connections Along and Across the Educational System STEM Summit February 2010 Ted Ducas Physics Department Wellesley College
  2. 2. Making STEM Connections II. Along the Educational System       Connecting to Potential Pre-College Teachers        The TOPS Summer Program STEM Summit February 2010 I. Across the Educational System      Connecting liberal arts college students to           opportunities at engineering institutions        Introduction to Engineering Science at Wellesley III. Beyond the Local       Propagating the Programs
  3. 3. I. Connecting Across the Educational System Connecting liberal arts college students to opportunities at engineering institutions Liberal Arts College Engineering Schools STEM Summit February 2010
  4. 4. The Challenge <ul><li>Students who come to Wellesley with an interest in engineering generally know very little about engineering. </li></ul><ul><li>They want to take advantage of our links to MIT and Olin but neither of these institutions has a general introduction to engineering. </li></ul>STEM Summit February 2010 The Objectives <ul><li>To provide an exciting and effective introduction to engineering that enables these students to take advantage of engineering opportunities in an informed and fulfilling manner. </li></ul><ul><li>To attract even more excellent students with such interests. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this with limited and sensible resources that can be sustained. </li></ul>I. Connecting Across the Educational System Connecting liberal arts college students to opportunities at engineering institutions
  5. 5. STEM Summit February 2010 ENTERING WELLESLEY INTERESTED BUT UNINFORMED ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITIES AT OLIN AND MIT THE SOLUTION: An impedance match to optimize access to engineering opportunities
  6. 6. AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING IS THE IMPEDANCE MATCH <ul><li>Learning what doing engineering is like by working on design projects, using teamwork and getting exposure to basic principles and techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about the wide range of engineering fields and activities </li></ul>STEM Summit February 2010 THE COMPONENTS OF THE INTRODUCTORY ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE <ul><li>A hands-on course at Wellesley taught by Wellesley and Olin professors </li></ul><ul><li>An engineering seminar series </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated faculty advising at all three institutions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Introduction to Engineering at Wellesley College STEM Summit February 2010 Introduction to Engineering Course Engineering Career Seminar Series Coordinated Advising Opportunities at Olin and MIT
  8. 8. Escapement Project plus Solidworks Model STEM Summit February 2010
  9. 9. Robotics Project Plus Hands STEM Summit February 2010
  10. 10. STEM Summit February 2010 II. Connecting Along the Educational System Connecting to Potential Pre-College Teachers
  11. 11. STEM Summit February 2010 &quot;About two-thirds of the students studying chemistry and physics in U.S. high schools are taught by teachers with no major or certificate in the subject.&quot; Testimony by Norman R. Augustine before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources The Challenge The Objectives <ul><li>Inspire physics majors to enter teaching careers </li></ul><ul><li>Create an expanding network of teacher/leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a model program for others </li></ul>II. Connecting Along the Educational System Connecting to Potential Pre-College Teachers
  12. 12. TOPS : Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science STEM Summit February 2010 <ul><li>• A summer program encouraging physics or engineering       majors towards pre-college teaching </li></ul><ul><li>   A partnership with MIT and Harvard via the Center for       Ultracold Atoms (CUA) as well as with the Boston Museum of Science and Wellesley College </li></ul>OUR RESPONSE
  13. 13. TOPS : Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science • Six Week Summer Program • Eight Undergraduates in two teams of four work with experienced lead teachers to develop curricula and hands-on experiences and teach a:  1-week course to middle school students at the Boston Museum of Science 2-week course to high school students at MIT • Topics are based on CUA-related themes: Heat/Energy and Light/Waves
  14. 14. STEM Summit February 2010 Week 3 Week 1 Week 2 Week 4 Week 5 Wrap-Up Week 6 TOPS SCHEDULE Intro / CUA Tour / Form Teams / Start Planning Develop Courses / CUA Talks / Prep & Practice Teach Middle Schoolers at Museum of Science Review MOS / Prep & Practice for High Schoolers Teach High Schoolers at MIT Teach High Schoolers at MIT Review / Teaching Opportunities / Certification
  15. 15. Measuring Temperatures at the Boston Museum of Science STEM Summit February 2010
  16. 16. Working with TOPS undergrads STEM Summit February 2010
  17. 17. STEM Summit February 2010 III. Connecting Beyond the Local: Propagating the Programs • Identify key components of         the programs • Communicate with colleagues         at other institutions • Give talks and publish • Consider larger scale umbrella          programs       e.g. TEU - Teaching Experience for        Undergraduates (analogous to NSF REU        Research Experience for Undergraduates)
  18. 18. Acknowledgements STEM Summit February 2010 Introduction to Engineering Prof. Brian Storey, Olin Prof. Gill Pratt, Olin Prof. Robbie Berg, Wellesley Mellon Foundation Davis Educational Foundation Wellesley College Olin College of Engineering
  19. 19. Acknowledgements (Cont.) STEM Summit February 2010 TOPS Prof. Dan Kleppner , MIT Jamie Formato, Thayer Academy Kim Meyer, Newton North High School Laura Nickerson, Beaver Country Day School Amy Winston, Newton North High School Don Donovan, Thayer Academy Denise Labieniec, The Winsor School NSF Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Florence Hewlett Foundation Boston Museum of Science MIT/Harvard CUA

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