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1 Mathematics Modeling an alternative college preparatory course rodney null, theresa dahlinghaus, larisa russell NSF-ATE Project DUE #

2 The Advanced Technical Education (Ate) program
NSF created the ATE Program to improve and expand educational programs for technicians to work in high-tech, STEM fields that drive the US economy. Two-year colleges have a leadership role and work in partnership with universities, secondary schools, business and industry, and government agencies to design and carry out model workforce development initiatives.

3 The Advanced Technical Education (Ate) program
Starting with the Science and Advanced Technology Act of 1992 (SATA), ATE is in its 20th year of funding two-year colleges. Over 1200 grants have been awarded, with fewer than 60 in mathematics.

4 How We Got Here (Fall 2011) 275 Proposals 253 determined eligible
75 New Awards Granted

5 Funding Period August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015
MATHEMATICS Transitions in STEM education National Science Foundations-Advanced technology Education (DUE # ) Funding Period August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015

6 Grant Personnel

7 Post Secondary Degree Attainment
DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC DATA US OHIO LIMA ALLEN AUGLAIZE HANCOCK HARDIN MERCER PAULDING PUTNAM VAN WERT Population, 2008 estimate 301,461,533 11,511,858 38,083 104,946 46,620 74,058 31,739 40,761 19,096 34,529 28,748 Minorities, percent, 2008 25.5% 16.0% 30.1% 15.5% 2.8% 6.8% 3.1% 2.0% 4.8% 3.7% Individuals below poverty, percent, 2007 13.5% 13.6% 29.4% 15.4% 7.0% 11.6% 8.0% 9.4% 6.9% 7.4% Per capita income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) $27,041 $24,830 $16,151 $21,781 $25,185 $25,273 $19,530 $22,373 $21,019 $23,393 $21,174 Residents without a post-secondary degree 65.1% 69.3% 82.5% 75.5% 76.0% 66.8% 79.0% 77.4% 81.5% 72.0% 77.9% Source for Demographic/Economic Data: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

8 degrees awarded in the STEM fields
Other Science and Engineering Indicators. (2010) Source: National Science Board

9 The U.S. STEM Education Pipeline
9th Graders 3.8 Million (1997) High School Graduates 2.7 Million (2001) College Freshmen 1.7 Million (2001) Total STEM Graduates 233,000 (2007)

10 Distribution of STEM Interest and Mathematics proficiency among 12th Graders
High 15.2% of all students 17.3% of all students Proficiency Low High 42.1% of all students 25.4% of all students Low Students taking ACT test in 2008. Source: ACT, Inc.

11 Mathematics is a factor
Nationally 55% of students taking the ACT exam do not meet the benchmark for college readiness in Mathematics The condition of college and career readiness. Source: ACT. (2011) 84% of college freshman (19 and under) need developmental math courses if they choose to pursue a STEM program. (Rhodes State College in ) Students needing math remediation take longer to complete a degree, and are less likely to complete degree programs than students not needing remediation.

12 Teachers can help Teachers account for approximately 8.5% of the variation in student performance during elementary and high school. Moving a student from a teacher in the 50th percentile to one in the 85th percentile increases a student’s performance on standardized mathematics tests by 7% in a given year. Increasing the number of STEM-capable teachers leads to an increase in the number of math-proficient students who declare STEM majors.

13 Our Goals Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
To increase the number of students that matriculate into post-secondary STEM technician programs Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

14 To enhance high school mathematics teacher understanding of the applications of mathematics in STEM fields

15 To enhance high school mathematics courses through the use of relevant content embedded in STEM contexts and applications; research-based pedagogical "best practices" and relevant technologies

16 To reduce the percentage of post secondary STEM students requiring developmental/remedial mathematics in college.

17 Objectives Develop a math course for High School seniors
Institutionalize the course Engage teachers in professional development Evaluate course & teacher effectiveness Enhance awareness of STEM technical careers

18 Deliverables Develop a mathematics course for High School seniors
High School mathematics teachers participate in 70 hours of professional development Students measure gains in math understanding by COMPASS test and are prepared to enter college without remedial math.

19 Professional Development
Course Development Professional Development Implement Course Assessment Academic Year Summer Summer Timeline Cohort 1 Cohort 2 Academic Year Summer 2013

20 Principal Role Promote the project in the school and community
Support participating teachers and grant related activities Facilitate course adoption and student recruitment Assist in providing assessment and tracking data

21 Teacher Role - Year 1 Participate in 5 afterschool, 2 hour meetings
Assist in identifying and recruiting business & industry partners Participate in course/curriculum development – 2 release days. Establish Transitions course at school But Wait… There’s More!

22 Teacher Role – Year 1 (continued)
Identify and recruit students Assist in base line assessment Provide inventory of resources & equipment Participate in summer professional development - 2 weeks and 1 day

23 STEM Connections: Teachers visited the et department
Saw how ET students applied math in these programs Learned more about STEM majors, including Mechanical Engineering Technology and Concrete Technology Explored the machinery and equipment students use in these fields Learned the areas in which beginning college students are lacking math skills

24 Business and industry site visits
Teachers visited local businesses/industries during Year 1. Participating industries included: Husky Energy Hartzell (oil refinery) (commercial fan producer)

25 Business and industry site visits
Miller Precision Kennedy Manufacturing (Precision Machining, CNC) (Tool Chests, Medical Carts)

26 Business and industry site visit questionnaires
Are any screening tests given to job applicants? Problem solving Critical decision making test Math screening test (no calculator) For positions that require 2-year technical degrees, what mathematics knowledge/skills are considered essential and in addition to these are there others that would enhance a potential employees chance at a job with your company? Strong knowledge of percents and fractions Reading instruments and conversions Formulas with unknowns (Algebra)

27 Business and industry site visit questionnaires
Describe some workplace applications of mathematics Measuring precision Print reading requires trig to determine dimensions Angle of elevation for rise/fall of pumps Describe potential context, applications, labs affiliated with this site visit that might be developed around what you have seen at this company. Determine missing dimensions on a print using trig Gauge capability study Reading charts and graphs that show errors (Trouble shoot)

28 Teacher Role - Year 2 Teach Transition courses
Participate in 9 afterschool, 2 hour meetings Assist in assessment data Work with Cohort 1 mentors

29 Equipment

30 Cohort 1 (in progress) 10 High Schools
19 High School Teachers and 4 College Faculty Approximately 22 Companies Over 300 high school seniors in the newly developed course Rhodes State’s HippoCampus for the course

31 A typical week in the Senior math class
3 days of math modeling investigations, 2 days of differentiated instruction Teachers serve as facilitators. Minimal direct instruction. Students have hands on experience with experimental design, measurement, data collection/organization/analysis Students utilize Hippocampus videos or other online learning resources outside of class

32 Grant Personnel and Teachers’ SharePoint Site

33 Rhodes State College’s HippoCampus Site

34 Next AMATYC Would there be interest in a workshop where you can participate in a sample of the modeling projects/activities from the senior math course?

35 Questions ??? Rod Null Principal Investigator Rhodes State College 4240 Campus Drive Lima, OH 45804


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