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1 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. The Infinity Project SM Bringing Engineering Education to Schools across the Country infinity-project.org Engineering Education for Todays Classroom The Institute for Engineering Education

2 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Interest in Engineering in the U.S. has declined for 20 Years Source: National Science Board: Science and Engineering Indicators 2002 50% decline in student interest in engineering 14% decline in engineering degrees awarded to US students And, over the last ten years there has been:

3 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Without new engineers we will continue to face a perpetual shortage 20002010 3M jobs 4M jobs To meet current job forecasts, we need to add 100,000 engineers every year for a decade. The U.S. currently graduates 60,000 engineers per year. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001 Engineering and Tech jobs

4 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. The Rest of the World Recognizes the Value of Engineering Europe graduates 3 times as many engineers as the US, Asia graduates 5 times 46% of the degrees awarded in China are engineering degrees Only 5% of US college degrees are in engineering

5 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. The Bottom Line - Future U.S. Engineers are Scarce Likelihood that a High School graduate obtains an engineering degree –All students: 2.1% –Women: 0.9% –Minorities: 0.8% In a Typical High School Graduating Class of 400 students –There will be 8 engineers –5 will be white males, 2 women, 1 a minority

6 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Some of the Causes Why arent students interested in pursuing engineering? Lack of preparation –engineering is all numbers, and Im not good at math Lack of exposure –what is engineering? Lack of interest –engineering is boring and geeky

7 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. High School Preparation is Lagging Less than 10% of high school students take math through calculus and science through physics –Standard for successful engineering applicants Only 6% of minority high school students meet this level of preparedness And most importantly, today almost no high school student has any meaningful engineering classroom experience to motivate them for further study

8 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Lack of Exposure Fact: How do we expect students to be interested in engineering if they have never even seen it? Society expects students to be exposed to and know: –Biology - Algebra I, II –Geometry- Pre-Calculus –Economics- Physics Isnt technology-based engineering just as important to the future of our students?

9 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. The Infinity Project SM Exciting and Relevant: Engineering Education for Todays Students

10 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. What is The Infinity Project SM ? Award winning high school and early college engineering education program –Based in The Institute for Engineering Education –Created by nationally recognized engineering and educational leaders from across the country –Supplies schools with everything they need to be successful –Working with classrooms in 34 states today

11 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. The Infinity Projects Grand Educational Challenge Expose young students to the excitement and relevance of modern high-tech engineering (early) –Make math and science relevant and fun with hands on, and exciting educational experiences. –Increase the number of students pursuing engineering degrees at colleges and universities. –Create educational and economic opportunities for underrepresented groups. –Connect kids to the 21 st century and increase their technical literacy.

12 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Parents want Engineering Exposure for their Children In recent national survey, parents choose engineering as first choice for children –75% say engineering is more important than business. –72% say engineering is more important than medicine. –58% say engineering is more important than law. (Source: 2001 Los Angeles Times National Survey)

13 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Target Audience The Infinity Project curriculum was created as a conventional everyday course with extensive and exciting hands on engineering design activities and great applications of math and science. Infinity is appropriate for: –High School Students: Sophomores - Seniors –Early college students (Freshman engineering majors) Prerequisites: Algebra II and one lab science course

14 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays 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 includes: –Cutting Edge Texas Instruments DSP technology –Visual Software (VAB for Infinity) –All the peripherals you need

15 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Sample Design Examples Build digital music instruments –Electric piano and guitar Create new special effects for movies Secretly encode messages between students Turn a PC into a Cell Phone

16 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Professional Development and Support The Infinity Project has a high degree of focus on supporting the teacher and the classroom –The Infinity Project conducts intensive and fun weeklong summer institutes on the curriculum and technology. –Teachers really begin to think and act like engineers –On-line discussion groups with 24 hour response time. On-line materials to support classroom experience. –Daily lesson plan guide –Sample test questions with solutions –Complete homework solutions –Engineering Design Projects with solutions –Chapter lecture already prepared in PowerPoint for instructors

17 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Infinity Professional Development Institutes - 35 hours of professional development training for new teachers offered during the summer - Conducted by master teachers - Enriching, relevant and fun - Hands-on and valuable

18 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Teacher Comments Every student in America should be exposed to this material. Best training I have ever seen. I want to run home and show this to my own children. My state needs this right now.

19 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Types of Schools that we are Currently Working With The Infinity Project has been proven successful in a wide variety of schools –District-wide adoptions –Large urban public schools –Suburban public schools –Magnet schools –All-female schools (private) –All-male schools (private) –General private schools –School for alternative learners

20 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Student Impact –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. –Long-term, longitudinal impact studies underway Infinity is in place at schools in 34 states today.

21 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Participating States Today Alaska Alabama Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Iowa Illinois Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi Missouri New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia West Virginia Wisconsin

22 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Joining the Infinity Project How Does My School Join The Infinity Project? It is easy…. Winter/Spring: Apply by filling out an application available on the Infinity website. (Deadlines are available on the website.) –Follow-up interviews are conducted with teachers and administrators. –New Infinity schools are announced at the end of spring –Schools then acquire classroom technology and textbooks. Educators begin participating in discussion groups. Summer: Teachers attend summer professional development institutes. Fall: Teachers begin teaching course. Academic Year: Infinity Project team supports classroom

23 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Criteria for Selection 1. Committed school administrators. 2. Motivated and qualified instructor(s): math, science, or technology certified instructors with moderate comfort level using computer programs. 3. Energetic students with the appropriate prerequisites: sophomore, juniors or seniors who have completed Algebra II and one lab science course. 4. Sufficient lab equipment and space. 5. Community that will benefit from program.

24 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Typical Total Program Costs Professional Development for Teachers –$750/teacher plus travel expenses Classroom Technology Acquisition –Available through National Instruments –$400/kit – typically 10 kits per school Course Textbook & Student Lab Manual –Available through Prentice Hall –$50/textbook Engineering Our Digital Future –$15/student lab manual

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

26 infinity-project.org The Institute for Engineering Education Engineering Education for todays classroom. Current List of Partners Universities –Created by Institute for Engineering Education at SMU –Other participating universities include Georgia Institute of Technology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at El Paso, Prairie View A&M, University of Michigan, Santa Clara, University of Houston, and many others. Corporate – Government –Texas Instruments –Department of Education –National Instruments –National Science Foundation –Tyco, Compaq, Microsoft –And others


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