Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Science and Mathematics Education Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Articles 1 - 21 of 21

Full-Text Articles in Science and Mathematics Education

Isu Advance—Transformation Across The University Hierarchy To Enhance Recruitment, Retention And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering, Kristen P. Constant Jun 2010

Isu Advance—Transformation Across The University Hierarchy To Enhance Recruitment, Retention And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering, Kristen P. Constant

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

ISU is in the 4th year of a 5-year NSF funded ADVANCE grant. In accordance with the intent of NSF’s “Institutional Transformation” grants, the focus of this work is not on the individual professional development of women, but instead, on changing the academic environment in which they work. The goal of the ISU ADVANCE research program is to investigate the effectiveness of a multilevel collaborative effort to effect institutional transformation that results in the full participation of women faculty in STEM fields in the university. Our approach focuses on transforming departmental cultures (views, attitudes, norms and shared beliefs), practices ...


Home Schoolers In An Engineering/Education K12 Outreach Program, Lawrence Genalo, Jamie Gilchrist Jan 2006

Home Schoolers In An Engineering/Education K12 Outreach Program, Lawrence Genalo, Jamie Gilchrist

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The Toying With TechnologySM program (TWT) has been offered to preservice elementary and secondary teachers for ten years. This program is designed to explain the principles behind many of the technological innovations in wide use today. This is accomplished through hands-on laboratory experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, experiences with programming, global positioning systems, and biomedical engineering. This program uses engineering as a basis to teach math, science, technology and problem solving concepts.

This paper will describe the twelve week experience of a home schooled group engaged in the TWT program. Home schooling is a growing trend in ...


K12 Engineering Education Field Experience, Lawrence James Genalo, Celeste E. Ogren Jan 2005

K12 Engineering Education Field Experience, Lawrence James Genalo, Celeste E. Ogren

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Engineering faculty have offered an engineering literacy course entitled Toying With TechnologySM to elementary and secondary education majors for eight years. Studies have shown that students form many of their overall career and educational attitudes as early as elementary school. Schoolteachers who have an appreciation for technology will likely convey that appreciation to their students. This will, in turn, broaden the horizons of their students regarding the opportunities they may have regarding careers in scientific and engineering disciplines. This appreciation is achieved through various engineering activities, many of which involve LEGO© robotics. Providing field experiences for future teachers so they ...


Piaget And Engineering Education, Lawrence Genalo, Denise A. Schmidt, Melanie Schlitz Jan 2004

Piaget And Engineering Education, Lawrence Genalo, Denise A. Schmidt, Melanie Schlitz

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Thomas Edison was a noted engineer while Jean Piaget made his fame in children’s educational psychology. Piaget’s “cognitive constructivism” has been adopted in many early childhood programs, but it also applies to engineering education and its “hands-on” approach, especially in laboratories and project-based courses. The direction of education dramatically shifted when Jean Piaget developed a child-centered developmental learning theory. According to his theory, children construct knowledge about their world through their active involvement in experiences that are meaningful for them in order to provide an ideal learning environment. A Piagetian classroom is filled with authentic activities designed to ...


Summer Industry Based Research Internships For Female High School Students, Lawrence Genalo Jan 2003

Summer Industry Based Research Internships For Female High School Students, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Building on a successful high school internship program started by a National Science Foundation grant in 1997, an internship program has been offered the past two years that provides students opportunities to join university research teams and investigate industrial work environments. The interns develop complete lesson plans targeted at a 5 th – 8th grade audience that are based on the university research and industrial sponsor’s work. These lesson plans are placed on a web site for dissemination. The interns have visited the industrial sponsor to learn about their business and done final project presentations for them.

This program has ...


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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre Jun 2001

Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The goal of Project ExCEL, the Extended Classroom for Enhanced Learning, is to bring the capabilities of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) into elementary and secondary classrooms. We have developed an entirely web-based interface to allow schools to control a modern SEM. The web interface allows a remote user complete control of all the operating parameters of the microscope, including stage movement and x-ray chemical analysis. Such total control currently is not available on any other system. Since pioneering the idea of remote SEM use for K-12 education in the early 1990s, we have learned that merely providing schools and teachers ...


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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


Creating A K 12 Engineering Educational Outreach Center, Lawrence Genalo, Monica Bruning, Barbara Adams Jan 2000

Creating A K 12 Engineering Educational Outreach Center, Lawrence Genalo, Monica Bruning, Barbara Adams

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

At Iowa State University, the College of Engineering is developing a center for engineering outreach to K-12 programs in the state and selected surrounding areas. The goals for this center are: • Iowa State University’s College of Engineering and its industrial partners will be a national model for K-12 partnering. • The College of Engineering will be a resource and delivery partner for every K-12 teacher in Iowa who wants to improve engineering-related content and career awareness. • The center will help to establish an early awareness of an engineering career path - especially critical to populations that are underrepresented in engineering. • The ...


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

A Project Based Approach To Doe In Materials, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1999

A Combined Outcomes Based Materials Curriculum, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


Internet Explorers: An Nsf Sponsored Internship, Ann K. Dieterich, Krishna Siddhanta Athreya, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1998

Internet Explorers: An Nsf Sponsored Internship, Ann K. Dieterich, Krishna Siddhanta Athreya, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Introduction Summer research internships were extended to twenty high school girls who had completed their junior year with the primary goal of increasing middle school girls' participation in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM). The interns spent eight weeks during the summer of 1997 on the Iowa State University campus where they researched science and engineering topics, learned programming methods and developed SEM units for the Internet.

The summer research interns were directed by a team of four female undergraduate students who have demonstrated ability in computers, were trained in courseware development, and were majoring in SEM-related fields. A female graduate ...


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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


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

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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


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

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

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 ...


Development Of Course Modules For Materials Experiments, Kristen P. Constant, K. Vedula Aug 1995

Development Of Course Modules For Materials Experiments, Kristen P. Constant, K. Vedula

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Recent U.S. government-sponsored studies of the decline of international competitiveness have reported that one of the most severe problems is the lack of education of future engineers in synthesis and processing of advanced engineered materials. In response, the National Science Foundation has made awards 6 universities to develop materials processing course materials for improving processing education. Iowa State University is among those selected.


The Freshman Engineering Problems And Programming Course: Integrating New And Old Tools, Lawrence Genalo, Brian D. Williams Jun 1995

The Freshman Engineering Problems And Programming Course: Integrating New And Old Tools, Lawrence Genalo, Brian D. Williams

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

At Iowa State University in the early 1980's the first engineering course, Engineering Problem Solving, began inca"porating FOR1RAN programming in an integrated, three semester credit course. At first this course was taught in "dry lab" style with the students assigned to fmd keypunch tenninals outside of class in order to create and edit their programs. Soon after that the course switched to interactive VAX terminals and the first classroom/laboratory was born. This room allowed for a terminal for each pair of students and in~class programming assignments. The engineering problems content was also "dry~labbed" at first ...


Best Practices In High-Tech Learning, Sanjival S. Gill, Lawrence Genalo Jun 1995

Best Practices In High-Tech Learning, Sanjival S. Gill, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The Synthesis Coalition, one of the flfSt two engineering coalitions funded by the National Science Foundation in 1990, is comprised of Berlceley, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Cornell, Hampton, Iowa State, Southern, Stanford, and Tuskegee. One of the major goals of the coalition was to create the National Engineering Educational Delivery System (NEEDS). This system consists of a multimedia, indexed database where engineering lessons, modules and images are stored for retrieval, courseware studios to create and modify multimedia courseware, and hightechnology delivery systems (learning environments) for appropriate display of th e material [1-3].


K-12 Linkage For Women Engineers- Students Creating Courseware For Other Students, Lawrence Genalo, Kimberly D. Windom, Alethea Semple Jun 1995

K-12 Linkage For Women Engineers- Students Creating Courseware For Other Students, Lawrence Genalo, Kimberly D. Windom, Alethea Semple

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Engineering education techniques have been changing at a tremendous pace over the past several years; a significant portion of these changes have been to recruit and retain women in engineering programs. Iowa State University is committed to these changes in engineering education and is implementing new programs for high school and undergraduate women interested in science and engineering related fields. The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE} began offering paid internship programs for both high school and undergraduate female students in 1987, with the objective to provide research experiences for talented women and to build their confidence in ...


Creating Courseware For Engineering Education, Terry A. Smay, Lawrence Genalo Jun 1992

Creating Courseware For Engineering Education, Terry A. Smay, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

This paper will describe recent experiences at Iowa State University in establishing and using multimedia suppon capabilities to produce instructional modules for suppon of several classes. It will describe how these techniques have evolved over the past two years in suppon of an introductory course in digital logic design, and are now being applied to freshman year design courses.