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I-STEM Strategies Project

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S
cience
Children's Engineering Promotes
I-STEM STRATEGIES PROJECT
The Engineering Design Approach
a
TOOL
for
Teaching and Learning
I-STEM Education
Mary Muldowney Jarratt
EDCI 5840
November 27, 2012

Audience:

Administration
Teachers K-6th
Lower & Middle School
Math Specialists
Science Teachers
Technology Teachers
Learning must be process based
Authentic real-world examples
Current Concern:
Students often get discouraged on the hard subjects, in elementary school. There is a shortage of students pursuing STEM coursework & degrees.
This in-service training session incorporates The Engineering Design
PROCESS/PEDOGOGY
into the I-STEM teaching utilizing the Engineering is Elementary Materials for teaching & learning in K-6th grades.
Teaches teamwork
Problem-solving
Critical & Creative
Thinking
Decision-making skills
Cooperative
learning skills
engineering focus
problem based
Teaching and Learning:
engineering design approach
Tool for problem solving
PROCESS
++This tool or approach applies to all content or subject areas
The framework & scaffolding for introducing the & I-STEM engineering design approach has been created:

Each class already utilize the responsive classroom: sharing thoughts & ideas
Each content area already discusses strategizes/ different ways of thinking
Teacher planning extends to multiple disciplines already. Current example: 2nd grade animal project:
1. Learn about the animal in Science
2. Research the animal in Library & Technology
3. Create the animal in Art.

Making connections between 2 STEM subject & integrating other subjects: Art & writing. However,
does not include a Pedogogy/approach so not I-STEM.
Evidence & Underpinnings:
International Technology Engineering Association (ITEA), 2000
The Design Process
is inhearnt to Technological in content and process.
Standards 8: Students develop an understanding of the attributes of design

Standard 9: Students understand engineering design

Standard 11: Students will develop the ability to apply the design method
&
T
echnology
E
ngineering
M
ath
"Integrative STEM education includes
approaches
that explore the
teaching
& learning
between/among and
two or more of the STEM subject areas
and/or between STEM subject in one or more other school subjects."
Integrative STEM Education
What is I-STEM?
&
pedagogical approaches to


INTENTIONALLY
teach Content & Process
This project included
2nd & 3rd
graders
Students were asked
1. build a vechicle with wheels
2. utilize 2 gears to move on the z axis
Childrens Engineering Journal, 2012
National Academy of Engineering, 2009
System Thinking
Dialogue with self: Journal 0r Learning Portfolio
Dialogue with others: team, collaborative learning
Observing: Students watch/listen to one another
Doing: Learning Activity
Required elements for learning & teaching
The Engineering Design Process
Sanders, 2009
Implementation:
Children stories with a
problem statement
PROBLEM
BASED
&
5th grade girls
Working on a robotic prototype during lunch
When students are
interested & engaged
they are motivated to learn
organize thoughts
Design
Apply the Engineering
Design Model to the game
in Music.





Why the game didn't
work......
Patterns
&
Music
Still Doubtful?
Intentialy Integrates the four
disciplines in STEM
Lessons are Purposeful & Planned
Wells & Ernst, 2012
Teaches habits of mind
BASED
Support for I-STEM:
Local:
Arlington & Loudon County have STEM specialists on staff to aid teachers in planning & Integrating.
State: The Virginia Department of Education, indorses I-STEM and EiE.
Virginia Children's Engineering Council(VCEC)
Virginia Technology & Engineering Education
Association (VTEEA)
Technology Education Services (TES)
National:
Grants & Scholarships for STEM education student
National Science Foundation(NSF)
NASA has choosen the EiE model for education
EiE has reached 33,000 teachers & 2.7M students
Identify problem/
needs
Communicate
the process/
result
State the question
Relating disciplines based on
human problems, need & values,
Museum of Science,
Boston
Benefits:
National Center for Technological Literacy
developed
EIE Materials:
Current Evidence:
Example: The Robotics students only meet formally once a week. Each team keeps an engineering journals that aids in a common place to record information, analysis, tracking prior findings, assistance in developing a daily plan & problem solving
Example: The Robotics students discuss strategies for completing a project: brainstorm, share ideas, plan
Example: The Robotics students must develop & implement a plan, assign jobs, compromise.
Example: The Robotics students must build & program the Robot to complete the given project.
Vastly different from tradition approaches to STEM subjects
Aligns with all 50 State standards for Science & Math by grade.
Each lesson is based on the Engineering Design Model
Connects to language arts & social study standards
According to the ITEA the engineering design
requirements are also met
EiE: is particularly helpful for at-risk, miniorities, women students
Potomac is ready for I-STEM
&
The Engineering Design Approach
Ready for the next step?
Connect with children of
different backgrounds &
cultures
Lessons are Research based & Standards driven
20 different
units
student assessments
Give suggestions
on class discussion
The EiE is effective for at-risk, minorities
& girls.
real world problems & solutions
Engaging Activities
Middendorf & Engelmann, 1998
Just another day in Lower
School
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