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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 1 NSF-USF-STEP TEAM Dr. Kandethody Ramachandran Dr. Catherine Bénéteau Dr. Scott Campbell Dr. Gordon Fox Dr. Arcadii Grinshpan Dr. Marcus McWaters Dr. Jennifer Lewis

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 2 The STEP project at University of South Florida (http://www.math.usf.edu/resources/step/) is based on the premise that success in calculus is the gateway to success in the STEM fields.http://www.math.usf.edu/resources/step/ This project is aimed at increasing STEM graduates through intervention programs in the Engineering and Life Science Calculus sequences. Through this project we have developed and are implementing several transportable strategies such as one-stop extended-hour tutoring ( STEM Mart, http://lib.usf.edu/smart-lab/stem-center/),http://lib.usf.edu/smart-lab/stem-center/ project-based teaching, and peer leading. These multiple strategies have transformed the teaching of calculus at USF and are leading to increased retention and pass rates for students. USF-STEP PROJECT

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 3 Challenges faced

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 4 Project Based InstructionProject Based Instruction Teach calculus through projects based on real life problems Students work with a faculty member or supervisor in their workplace to define a problem, write and analyze appropriate equations, and write a narrative report – in essence, they write a story problem, and then answer it and write it up as a scientific report. Our solutions

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 5 From Fall 2008 to Fall 2013, a total of 1162 projects have been completed. These projects include majority from engineering topics, many from medical, natural sciences and other fields representing real life topics.

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 6 Project Based Instruction EffectsProject Based Instruction Effects Created an electronic journal Undergraduate journal of mathematical modeling: one + two Project activities have resulted in a new center (Center for Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, http://ciim.usf.edu) at USF- being directed by Dr. Grinshpan. Project bank will be a source for project based teaching http://shell.cas.usf.edu/math/mug/projectindex.htm

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 7 Peer LeadingPeer Leading In peer leader program, selected students provide structured tutoring and serve as role models for other students developed a curriculum for Engineering and Life Science Calculus 1

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 8 Effects Got permanent funding from the USF for 22 Undergraduate Peer Leaders 4 graduate TAs every semester for Mathematics.

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 9 STEM MartSTEM Mart STEM Mart is a walk-in tutoring center that provides undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines an opportunity to receive free tutoring from other successful undergraduate students selected by the program. Open extended hours (M-Th., 10am-9pm, F., 10am -4pm) and weekend hours (Sun., 1pm- 5pm). About 40 undergraduate students serve as tutors for elementary level STEM courses STEM Mart is now recognized as a successful peer mentoring model.

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 10 STEM Mart Utilization

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 11 PROJECT BASED INSTRUCTION Pass rates are over 25% higher for students who did projects compared to those who did not. The percentage of students who graduated with a STEM degree is 5% higher for students who did projects compared to those who did not. Data Results

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 14 LATER COURSE The pass rate of students in EGN 3343 Thermodynamics is 5% higher for those who took Calculus I since the project inception compared to those who took it earlier

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 15 Conclusion

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 16 http://www.math.usf.edu/resources/step/

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2 nd Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – April 5, 2014 17 STIPEND $300.00 stipend will be mailed to participants who had registered and signed in.

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Workshop for Interdisciplinary and Inquiry Based Teaching of Calculus – September 29, 2012 18 SUGGESTIONS

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