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Engineering As Context For K 12 Science, Mathematics, And Technology Education, Lawrence Genalo Jan 2003

Engineering As Context For K 12 Science, Mathematics, And Technology Education, Lawrence Genalo

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One way to provide powerful problem-solving experiences in science, mathematics, and technology is to engage students in novel problems that require them to assess a situation and then apply conceptual and procedural knowledge to its solution. Engineering offers an effective context for these problem situations. However, most practicing teachers do not have the knowledge or experience to create meaningful, engineering-based learning experiences. This paper will provide details about a program to enhance the ability of preservice and inservice teachers to make these engineering experiences possible for their future or current K-12 students. Providing teachers the training necessary to make use ...


Practicing K 12 Teachers In A Graduate Engineering Course, Melinda Gallagher, Lawrence Genalo Jan 2002

Practicing K 12 Teachers In A Graduate Engineering Course, Melinda Gallagher, Lawrence Genalo

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The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century stated that “Better mathematics and science teaching is therefore grounded, first of all, in improving the quality of teacher preparation and in making continuing professional education available for all teachers 1.”

The "constructivist" paradigm 2,3 asserts that learning occurs through a process in which the student plays an active role in constructing the set of conceptual structures that constitute his or her own knowledge base. Some specific examples of the successful application of technology grounded in constructivist theory are evident in projects in the Carter Lawrence School ...


An Engineering Linkage To K 12 Teachers, Lawrence Genalo, Jenny Golder, Melinda Gallagher Jan 2001

An Engineering Linkage To K 12 Teachers, Lawrence Genalo, Jenny Golder, Melinda Gallagher

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Engineering faculty at Iowa State University have worked collaboratively with teacher education faculty since 1996 to offer an undergraduate course entitled Toying with Technology to elementary and secondary education majors1, 2. The development of this technology literacy course provided students with an appreciation for the technological innovations that surround them. Studies have shown that students form many of their overall career and educational attitudes as early as elementary school. Elementary (and even secondary) schoolteachers who have an appreciation for technology will likely convey that appreciation to their students. This will, in turn, broaden the horizons of these students regarding the ...


A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1999

A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum, Lawrence Genalo

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Beginning with the 1999 catalog, Iowa State will be moving from two degrees (Metallurgical Engineering and Ceramic Engineering) to a single degree in Materials Engineering (1). Under the new program graduates will be more well-rounded materials engineers, a desired outcome based on input from our Industrial Advisory Council and others. While building this new program from the ground up, desired outcomes (in particular, ABET 2000) were the driving force. Each course, as it was being developed, was looked at in terms of how it helped to meet these outcomes and each course has its own course-specific outcomes. We have developed ...


A Project Based Approach To Doe In Materials, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1999

A Project Based Approach To Doe In Materials, Lawrence Genalo

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At Iowa State University, the Materials Science and Engineering Department teaches a course in the statistics of materials. Approximately one third of this two credit course is devoted to the design of experiments (DOE). A relatively brief introduction to the theory of DOE sets the stage for the inclusion of a software package used to assist materials engineers to design and analyze the results of experiments.

Texts for engineering statistics (1-3) contain chapters dealing with the design of experiments. Literature in materials journals routinely contains references to DOE (4-8). Coupling these texts and recent articles with some practical exposure to ...


Toying With Technology: Mobile Robots And High School Interns, Lawrence Genalo, Christine L. Collier, Charles T. Wright, Kara B. Wright Jan 1997

Toying With Technology: Mobile Robots And High School Interns, Lawrence Genalo, Christine L. Collier, Charles T. Wright, Kara B. Wright

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Students in today’s world grow up surrounded by electronic and electromechanical gadgetry and become adept at using such gadgetry at an early age without necessarily understanding the underlying science and technology. Garage door openers, TV remote controllers, microwave ovens, remote-control toys, and cellular phones are but a few such items in wide use today. As complex as these gadgets seem on the surface, much of the scientific and technological mystery behind their functionality can be explained in simple terms well within the grasp of the high school, or even middle school students. The primary purpose of this project is ...


Creating Web Explorations In Science And Engineering, Lawrence Genalo, Christine Collier, Michelle Roberts, Julie Sandberg Jan 1996

Creating Web Explorations In Science And Engineering, Lawrence Genalo, Christine Collier, Michelle Roberts, Julie Sandberg

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A summer internship program is held at Iowa State University each year for undergraduate and high school women in science and engineering fields. In the summer of 1995 two high school women in this program, co-authors Roberts and Sandberg, created world-wide-web based multimedia explorations into topics in science and engineering which are common in our daily lives. The prototype documents placed on the web were well researched and scientific explanations of the phenomena at hand, but explained so that the average 6th or 7th grader (the target audience) could understand them. These two students were directly supervised by an undergraduate ...


The Engineering Problems And Programming Course On The Web, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1996

The Engineering Problems And Programming Course On The Web, Lawrence Genalo

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The Engineering Problems and Programming course at Iowa State’s College of Engineering has undergone many changes since its inception. This brief history will trace back only as far as the early eighties when programming in FORTRAN was first added to the existing problems course. Most of the content has remained unchanged. There are still engineering skills topics such as graphing and report writing being taught, but changes have incorporated computer drawn plots on spreadsheets [1] and the report is now written with a word processor instead of being hand lettered. There are still engineering problems introductory topics such as ...