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1 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. The Infinity Project SM Bringing Engineering Education to High Schools Across the Country infinity-project.org Engineering Education for Today’s Classroom The Institute for Engineering Education

2 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. What is The Infinity Project SM ? Award Winning High School and Early College Engineering Education Program  A year long course approved by the TEA  Based in The Institute for Engineering Education  Appropriate for: High School Students: Sophomores – Seniors –Completed Algebra II & one lab based science Early college students  Hands-on application of math & science to topics of interest to students Internet, cell phones, electronic music

3 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. The Infinity Engineering Curriculum  High School: Typically offered as a stand-alone course lasting for one year. Categories – Math, Science, Career and Technology Some schools offer the course as a two year sequence or incorporate the materials and classroom technology into existing courses.  Universities: Offer the curriculum to their freshman students – typically EE/CE/CS

4 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Key Elements to Infinity Project Success Two Key Elements for the Program’s Success 1. Award winning, high quality program 2. Easy for schools to implement Added benefits:  low cost  works with existing teacher base  significant classroom support  high impact

5 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Focus of the Curriculum Built off of the simple truth about engineering: basic math + basic technology = cool stuff  Fun to learn; fun to teach!  Rooted in math and science  Hands-on, loaded with design projects Emphasizes creativity  Students learn to “think like engineers” and apply math to good, real problems

6 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Award Winning Curriculum Provide Instructor with “Complete Solution” for Implementing Curriculum  Textbook - published August 2003 Robotics chapters added December 2003  Student Lab Manual  Instructor’s Guide Frequently Asked Questions Homework Solutions Sample Test Questions  Daily Lesson Plan Objectives, Materials Instructional Strategy, Homework Assignments  Presentation Slides

7 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Classroom Technology: The Infinity Technology Kit  The Complete Classroom Technology Solution Turns a standard PC into an engineering design platform.  Integrated extensively throughout the curriculum.  Supports hundreds of exciting engineering design projects.  Low-cost kit manufactured by National Instruments and Texas Instruments includes: Cutting Edge TI DSP technology Visual Application Builder (VAB) Software for Infinity All the peripherals you need

8 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Key Course Objectives  The student develops an understanding of the engineering design process.  The student uses a variety of technological devices to design, build, and test engineering concepts.  The student applies mathematical and science knowledge to engineering technology.  The student explores the connections between humans and technology to enhance the human utility of engineering designs.  Inspire students to pursue higher level math & science

9 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Course Outline  Chapter 1 - The World of Modern Engineering  Chapter 2 - Creating Digital Music  Chapter 3 - Making Digital Images  Chapter 4 - Math You Can See  Chapter 5 - Digitizing the World  Chapter 6 - Coding Information for Storage and Secrecy  Chapter 7 - Communicating With Ones and Zeros  Chapter 8 - Networks From the Telegraph to the Internet  Chapter 9 - The Big Picture of Engineering

10 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Making Math Relevant Polynomials E-commerce Sines and Cosines Wireless communications Matrices Special Effects

11 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Student Impact  Qualitative survey prepared for TEA reported that 80% of students completing program report a “very strong interest” in pursuing engineering. 95% learned new math concepts Nearly 100% would “recommend course to friend.”

12 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Infinity Students

13 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Program Breadth Alabama Arizona California Colorado Connecticut District Columbia Michigan Mississippi Missouri New Jersey New Mexico New York Ohio Georgia Hawaii Illinois Iowa Kentucky Louisiana Oklahoma Oregon Texas Utah Virginia West Virginia  Currently in 160 schools - Public, Private, Magnet  55 new school applicants for  Gaining international interest - Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Netherlands

14 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Professional Development Institutes  Week long summer training  Taught by Master Infinity Instructors  35 hours of Professional Dev. Credit  Hosted on University campus  Hands-on and valuable  Enriching, relevant and fun

15 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Typical Total Program Costs  Professional Development for Teachers $750 $750/teacher plus travel expenses  Classroom Technology Acquisition$4,000 $400/kit – typically 10 kits per classroom  Course Materials (Prentice Hall) $1,300 $50/Textbook “Engineering: Our Digital Future” $15/Student Lab Manual for 20 students _______ Approx. cost per Classroom $6,050 Note: Assumes existing personal computers (Windows 2003) – one per Infinity kit

16 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Current Partners Universities, corporations, government agencies and many others

17 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Expansion: University Partnerships  Working with University Partners to promote Infinity Infinity part of outreach to local schools Host Professional Development Institutes Invite principals, math, science teachers to info sessions University of Central Florida University of Houston Georgia Institute of Technology Southern Methodist University Santa Clara University DeVry University And others University of Texas – San Antonio

18 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Creating Awareness  Reaching 60,000 Educators at Key 2006 Conferences T^3 International National Science Teachers Association National Convention National Council Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting  Infinity Project Newsletter Delivered to Infinity friends & prospects twice/semester

19 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Criteria for Infinity Schools  Committed school administrators.  Motivated and qualified instructor(s): math, science, or technology certified instructors with moderate comfort level using computer programs.  Energetic students with the appropriate prerequisites: sophomore, juniors or seniors who have completed Algebra II and one lab science course.  Sufficient lab equipment and space.

20 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Becoming an Infinity School  Complete & submit application prior to June 30, 2006  Interview conducted with school principal & instructor  Schools acquire classroom technology & textbooks  Teachers attend summer training  Teachers begin teaching course

21 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for today’s classroom. Visit the website to download this PowerPoint, a DVD describing the program, teacher comments, sample materials, and all the application forms. How do I learn more about the Infinity Project?


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