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Impact of K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs on Teaching Fellows 1999-2004 Presenters: Glenda T. Kelly, Ph. D. Research Associate and Program Manager K-12.

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1 Impact of K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs on Teaching Fellows Presenters: Glenda T. Kelly, Ph. D. Research Associate and Program Manager K-12 Engineering Outreach Initiatives Neera Desai, M.S. GK-12 Engineering Teaching Fellow Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC

2 Fellows assist partnership teachers with the creation and delivery of lessons and activities that integrate meaningful math, science and engineering exercises into partnership classrooms Since 1999, Pratt School of Engineering placed 95 undergraduate and 33 graduate Engineering Teaching Fellows in 19 schools in 7 counties in North Carolina serving over 6,500 students

3 Duke-NCSU Engineering Teaching Fellows in Elementary Education (NSF GK-12 Track 1 Program, ) MUSCLE: Math Understanding through the Science of Life (Sponsor GE Foundation Math Excellence Program ) Techtronics: Hands-on Exploration of Technology in Everyday Life (After school Technology Enrichment Program; Sponsor Burroughs Wellcome Fund Science Enrichment Program) 2001-Present Math Understanding through Science Integrated with Curriculum (MUSIC) (Track 2 NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellows Program) Present Four K-12 Engineering Teaching Fellows Program at Duke:

4 Graduate and undergraduate Engineering Teaching Fellows develop important skills through participation in K-12 STEM outreach programs K-12 teaching experience augments the traditional university educational experience of the Fellows in several ways Fellow Impacts include improved skills in: Communication Time Management and Organization Patience Leadership Lesson Planning & Creativity

5 Data from 63 End of Year Fellow Completed Surveys for 1st three programs above Questions covered program administration, students, partnership teachers, and self-reported impacts on fellows Response to question: Regarding your personal development, what skills that you developed will carry over into your post-school life? Response Categories Number of Responses Communication 17 Time Management and Organization6 Patience 6 Leadership5 Lesson Planning and Creativity4 Summative Impacts on Engineering Teaching Fellows:

6 Communication Improvement Majority of fellows indicated fellowship helped develop a variety of communications skills Engineering Teaching Fellows learn a great deal from opportunities they have to practice rethinking complex concepts and explaining them in age-appropriate terms to K- 12 students Skills attained particularly salient for engineers post-grad since real-world jobs require simple communication of complex ideas to laypersons inside & outside companies Subcategories of Communication Improvement Skills Number of Responses General Communication Skills4 Ability to talk in front of a group4 Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms4 Teamwork4 Facilitation1 Improved Classroom Communication Skills for majority of fellows My classroom communication skills improved over the course of the year, Scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) X= 4.3, N= 63 fellows

7 Improved Understanding of Engineering Teaching K-12 engineering integrated into other curricula requires fellows to study content more thoroughly & rethink/present material at K-12 appropriate level Fellows report more in-depth learning of content due to teaching it in hands-on inquiry based modality Track 2 Fellows, receiving benefits of our new intensive inquiry-based training program, request more of their undergraduate classes be taught in an inquiry-based manner

8 Improved Knowledge Outside Discipline Track 2 GK-12 Engineering Teaching Fellows Program partnered with Duke Marine Lab Track 1 GK-12 Teaching Fellows Program in coastal NC Partnership generated over 60 inquiry-based lesson plans published on, a National Science Digital Library mapped to national and NC educational standards Marine/Engineering lesson plans feature use of technology to solve marine/ecology problems that excite children such as the problem of dolphin entrapment

9 Surveys of fellows attending joint Marine/Engineering training workshops: Engineering Fellows reported improved science content in lesson plans via input from marine fellows Marine Fellows reported engineers helped them better visualize and form ideas into activities and added expertise to create lessons applying technology to solve marine/ecology problems Both Engineering and Marine/Ecology viewpoints resulted in more comprehensive lesson plans Engineers reported more ease in applying engineering concepts to something tangible for kids with input from Marine Biology Fellows Most meaningful parts of interdisciplinary workshop to fellows: brainstorming, teamwork & getting to listen to other fellows' ideas

10 Increased Awareness of the Importance of K-12 Education How did your experience as fellow impact your career outlook/plans? Approximately 1/3 Fellows Now Considering Becoming a Teacher One- third Fellows (10 out of 29) plan to stay involved in education in some capacity (tutoring, volunteering, etc.) One-third felt program taught them something about themselves/helped them make career decisions beyond teaching, including Fellows who did not want to become teachers, 80% of fellows surveyed reported intent for future involvement with schools, either as a volunteer or advocate Response CategoriesNumber of Fellows (n=29) Already thinking about being a teacher when they started and still want to be a teacher3 Considering being a teacher because of the program5 Planning on a career that does not involve education but this program has caused them to want to stay involved in education in some other capacity 10 Indicated that the program taught them something about themselves that has led them to a career other than teaching through learning about their leadership abilities, engineering, desire to be a pediatrician, or knowledge that they do not want to be teachers. 7 Indicated that the program has not impacted their career outlook4

11 SUMMARY: Positive Impacts for Fellows Across 4 Duke Engineering Teaching Fellows Programs improved skills in leadership, organization, time management & communication increased knowledge both within and outside disciplines requests for change in graduate/undergraduate instruction to inquiry-based, hands-on instruction intent for future involvement with community schools These positive impacts suggest that STEM Teaching Fellows programs are useful augmentations to university educational experiences for STEM students

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