Thursday, August 14, 2014

Charles Dershimer receives funding for engineering education project

Tags: dershimer, expertise, secondary education

Charles Dershimer recently received $8,500 from the Ford Motor Company Fund for his Engineering Education Learning Experience (EELE) project. This project will provide opportunities for the 2014 SOE Secondary MAC and undergraduate science teaching interns, their mentor teachers, and students from engineering, to work together to learn more about the engineering knowledge and practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards.

The project will provide experiences and materials that allow teachers to experience engineering as a creative discipline, and that engineers are people who are interested in addressing problems that meet human needs. The goal is to explore and describe how teaching interns use these experiences to represent engineering in their teaching. The EELE will start with a panel discussion including local representatives of science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries (including the Ford Motor Company) to emphasize the importance of engineering education for the Michigan economy. Project participants will tour local research facilities to see engineering practices in use. A series of professional development workshops hosted by representatives from education and engineering will utilize a “maker space” atmosphere to allow interns and teachers to create lesson materials. The lessons will integrate engineering practices into middle- and high-school science laboratories. During student teaching, the Secondary Education MAC interns will implement the engineering lessons supported by their mentor teachers. The project will end with the interns and mentors presenting about their experiences at the Michigan Science Teacher Association’s annual conference.

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