Making STEM Connections - Ted DucasPresentation Transcript
Making STEM Connections Along and Across the Educational System STEM Summit February 2010 Ted Ducas Physics Department Wellesley College
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
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
Students who come to Wellesley with an interest in engineering generally know very little about engineering.
They want to take advantage of our links to MIT and Olin but neither of these institutions has a general introduction to engineering.
STEM Summit February 2010 The Objectives
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.
To attract even more excellent students with such interests.
To do this with limited and sensible resources that can be sustained.
I. Connecting Across the Educational System Connecting liberal arts college students to opportunities at engineering institutions
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
AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING IS THE IMPEDANCE MATCH
Learning what doing engineering is like by working on design projects, using teamwork and getting exposure to basic principles and techniques
Learning about the wide range of engineering fields and activities
STEM Summit February 2010 THE COMPONENTS OF THE INTRODUCTORY ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
A hands-on course at Wellesley taught by Wellesley and Olin professors
An engineering seminar series
Coordinated faculty advising at all three institutions
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
Escapement Project plus Solidworks Model STEM Summit February 2010
Robotics Project Plus Hands STEM Summit February 2010
STEM Summit February 2010 II. Connecting Along the Educational System Connecting to Potential Pre-College Teachers
STEM Summit February 2010 "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." Testimony by Norman R. Augustine before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources The Challenge The Objectives
Inspire physics majors to enter teaching careers
Create an expanding network of teacher/leaders
Serve as a model program for others
II. Connecting Along the Educational System Connecting to Potential Pre-College Teachers
TOPS : Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science STEM Summit February 2010
• A summer program encouraging physics or engineering majors towards pre-college teaching
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
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
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
Measuring Temperatures at the Boston Museum of Science STEM Summit February 2010
Working with TOPS undergrads STEM Summit February 2010
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)
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
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