Engineering made Easier: Education and Engineering Students Collaboratively Plan and Teach Engineering Lessons to Elementary School Students

ID: 52174 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Jennifer Kidd, Stacie Ringleb, and Pilar Pazos-Lago, Old Dominion University, United States

Friday, March 30 10:15-10:35 AM

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Many P-12 schools are embracing STEM education, but the “E” in STEM is often underdeveloped or ignored altogether One reason for the relative absence of engineering in schools is teachers’ lack of familiarity with engineering and lack of confidence in the underlying disciplines of math and science Recent research found that implementing engineering and computing lessons, even at a very rudimentary level, can lead to an increase in teacher’s self-efficacy for those subjects The Engineering Lessons Project partners pre-service teachers and undergraduate engineering students at a Virginia university to collaboratively design and deliver engineering lessons to elementary school students at three points in their teacher preparation program: during their first course in education, in an educational technology course early in the program, and near the end of their training, in a science methods course This paper describes the findings from the pilot implementation of the first collaborative lesson Post- lesson, the pre-service teachers expressed increased confidence with engineering and an interest in integrating engineering into their future instruction

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