STEAM: Wisdom from the Front Lines

Region 10Today, I had the opportunity to attend a professional development entitled STEAM: Wisdom from the Front Lines that was held at Brookhaven College and coordinated by Education Service Center: Region 10.

The training brought together, in a single room, STEAM educators from secondary and higher ed in an Ed Camp formatted one-day conference. While K-12 and higher ed coordinate with each other at the higher levels, they rarely coordinate at the local level. Today was a first for many of us.

We got to hear what higher ed would like in our graduates and they gave us ideas on projects and programs that we could implement to get them there. It was very insightful and helpful.

On a selfish note, I have recruited an additional team to our robotics league from Faith Family Academy in Waxahachie!

Roster First Glance & Gender Inequality

I now have my first glance at my rosters today in Skyward.

Here is how it looks right now:

  • 1st Period – Principles of Applied Engineering
    • 16 TOTAL (13 Males / 3 Females)
  • 5th Period – Principles of Applied Engineering
    • 16 TOTAL (16 Males / 0 Females)
  • 2A – Computer Science 1
    • 15 TOTAL (13 Males / 2 Females)
  • 4A – Computer Science 1
    • 12 TOTAL (10 Males / 2 Females)
  • 2B – Computer Science 2
    • 8 TOTAL (8 Males / 0 Females)
  • 3A – Robotics 1
    • 19 TOTAL (13 Males / 6 Females)
  • 3B – Robotics 1
    • 20 TOTAL (17 Males / 3 Females)
  • 3A – Robotics 2
    • 7 TOTAL (6 Males / 1 Female)
  • 3B – Robotics 2
    • 5 TOTAL (4 Males / 1 Female)

Converting these to percentages, this means that 9.28% of my Principles of Applied Engineering, 14.81% of my Computer Science 1, 23.08% of my Robotics 1, and 16.67% of my Robotics 2 classes are female.

A study from Jensen and Nutt shows 74% of females have interest in engineering technology ahead of entry to junior high. At conclusion of high school that interested drops to 2%.

Considering setting my 2017/2018 professional goal to be to develop a program that encourages more females into STEM.

According to US Dept of Ed 2015 study, 10.4% of males earned an engineering STEM credit compared to 2% of females.

Proposing 3 All-Girls STEM Camps for 2018:

  • Camp 1 – Completed 4th / 5th Grade
  • Camp 2 – Completed 6th Grade
  • Camp 3 – Completed 7th / 8th Grade

The major groups to support would be camps 1 and 2.

Principles of Applied Engineering S&S

We are looking at using the Engineering Fundamentals – Design, Principles, and Careers from Goodheart-Willcox as the basis for Principles of Applied Engineering starting in the 2017/2018 school year.

This is the first time, in my professional career, selected and plan to utilize a textbook.

I evaluated a textbook from Pearson as well, but I liked the G-W text and the fact that it includes an interactive PDF lab notebook, which the Pearson text did not include.

Here is how I am planning to setup my scope and sequence for the year:

  • Weeks 1 & 2 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 1 (What is Engineering?)
  • Weeks 3 & 4 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 2 (Engineering as a Profession)
  • Weeks 5 & 6 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 3 (Engineering Design)
  • Weeks 7 & 8 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 4 (Defining Problems and Brainstorming)
  • Weeks 9 & 10 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 5 (Research Designs)
  • Weeks 11 & 12 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 6 (Communicating Solutions)
  • Weeks 13 & 14 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 7 (Modeling, Testing, and Final Outputs)
  • Weeks 15 & 16 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 17 (Environmental Engineering)
  • Week 17 – Fall Semester Exam
  • Weeks 18 & 20 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 8 (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Weeks 20 & 21 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 9 (Materials Engineering)
  • Weeks 22 & 23 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 10 (Manufacturing Engineering)
  • Weeks 24 & 26 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 11 (Electrical Engineering)
  • Week 27 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 12 (Computer Engineering)
  • Weeks 28 & 29 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 13 (Civil Engineering)
  • Weeks 30 & 31 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 14 (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Weeks 32 & 33 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 15 (Chemical Engineering)
  • Weeks 34 & 35 (8-Days)
    • Chapter 16 (Bioengineering)
  • Week 36 – Spring Semester Exam