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101. Investing in Engineering Student Leaders Through Industrial and STEM Partnerships

by Nicklow, John W. ; Kowalchuk, Rhonda K. ; DeRuntz, Bruce D. ;

Investing in Engineering Student Leaders Through Industrial and STEM Partnerships by Rhonda K. Kowalchuk, Bruce D. DeRuntz, and John W. Nicklow, Southern Illinois University Carnbondale. This article is published in the Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 4 No. 1 (May 2013).

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102. Editor's Note: College Inc.

by Schmidt, Megan

Can academia be efficient? In recent years, higher education has encountered increasing pressure to operate more like a business—leaner, more accountable and more responsive to the needs of its customers. Skyrocketing tuition, declining public funding, low graduation rates and underprepared graduates are just a few issues weighing on the institution. In this issue, we explore approaches colleges and universities can use to combat these woes.

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103. QED News: Spring 2013

by Education Division

The spring 2013 issue of the Education Division Newsletter..

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  • QED News; Vol. 18; Issue 1
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104. Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 4 No. 1

by Cindy P. Veenstra;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 4 No. 1 (May 2013)
Special Issue Editor Cindy P. Veenstra, Editor Fernando F. Padro. Special issue on STEM and Collaboration
Articles include:
Guest Commentary: Real-World Engineering Education: The Role of of Continuous Improvement by Paul D. Plotkokwski

Using Assessments to Determine the Quality and Effectiveness of a Collaborative Internship Program in Research by Thomas E. Pinelli, Cathy W. Hall, and Kimberly M. Brush

Case Study: Application of Blended Learning for an Engineering Simulation Course by Theodore T. Allen, Sharnnia Artis, Anthony Afful-Dadzie, and Yosef Allam

Investing in Engineering Student Leaders Through Industrial and STEM Partnerships by Rhonda K. Kowalchuk, Bruce D. DeRuntz, and John W. Nicklow

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105. Using Assessments to Determine the Quality and Effectiveness of a Collaborative Internship

by Pinelli, Thomas E. ; Hall, Cathy W. ; Brush, Kimberly M. ;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 4 No. 1 (May 2013) article by Thomas E. Pinelli, NASA, Cathy W. Hall, East Carolina University, and Kimberly M. Brush, NASA. The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program is a nationally ranked, highly competitive, and collaborative internship program that uses NASA research opportunities to inspire and motivate students to complete a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The program’s ultimate goal is to prepare students to be work-ready for employment and research. Formative and summative assessment is used to help determine the quality and effectiveness of the LARSS program. We present data from one portion of our annual (formative) program assessment—mentors’ and student interns’ overall perception of the internship and their assessment of interns’ acquisition of 21st century workplace skills. We provide a detailed description of a (summative) longitudinal study presently underway that will

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106. Guest Commentary: Real-World Engineering Education: The Role of Continuous Improvement

by Plotkowski, Paul D. ;

Guest Commentary: Real-World Engineering Education: The Role of Continuous Improvement by Paul D. Plotkowski, Dean of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. In the Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Vol. 4. No. 1 (May, 2013).

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107. USING MODELS TO TEACH AND LEARN ENGINEERING

by Urdarevik,Slobodan;

One of the biggest problems engineering students are facing is visualization. In fact, visualization skills have been found to correlate highly with successes in engineering, and mathematics in general. In order to help students to develop this skill and make teaching and learning more productive and interesting, a new teaching strategy based on using models has been developed. Experience in using the models shows that: 1) Students are able to learn the topic in the most effective and easiest way. 2) Students are fully engaged in the learning process. 3) Students can gain the knowledge and obtain the skills developed in this "hand on" approach in learning that affects students' ability to absorb knowledge in subsequent courses where good visualization skills are required. 4) Using the models makes students feel that engineering is an interesting field to study. The benefits for teachers are: 1) very little (or no) preparation time 2) less lecture time 3) easy to explain the topic 4) test result

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108. The Hispanic Health Workforce Gap:

Creating Fellowship Programs to Achieve Health Equity

by Randolph, Suzanne M. ; Quinteros de Czifra, Michelle

This is a conference paper authored by Michelle Quinteros de Czifra< HSHPS and Suzanne M. Randolph, MayaTech Corporation and is part of the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The nation faces a shortage of Hispanic health professionals that can provide quality and culturally competent healthcare to their community, the largest ethnic group in the United States (US). By 2050, Hispanics will comprise 29 percent of the US population. Yet, minorities only constitute less than 18 percent of physicians, nurses, and dentists. To meet the challenge of providing access and better care to Hispanics, the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) developed and implemented a Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP) to increase the number of Hispanic students going into health professions careers through enhancing their research and professional development skills and provide networking opportunities. An overview of the importance of increasing the Hispanic hea

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109. Intel Math Connections: A Three-Year Study of the Impact of a Math-Based Program on Elementary Teachers

by Weyhaupt, Adam; Quivey, Mary Ann; Feldmann, M.L.

This conference paper is authored by Matt Feldmann, Goshen Education Consulting,Inc., Adam Weyhaupt, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Mary Ann Quivey, Monroe/Randolph Regional Office of Education #45 and is part of the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The paper considers the impact of a professional development program focused on improving math skills for elementary school teachers and their students in two mostly rural Southwestern Illinois counties. The Monroe/Randolph Regional Office of Education #45 was awarded two Illinois Math and Science Partnership grants to employ an Intel Math workshop and follow-up over three school years.

The Intel Math Connections Project included four projects that consisted of a 80 hour summer professional development module focused on middle and high school math concepts and a school year follow-up where teachers were divided into groups to form vertically aligned mathematical learning communities (

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110. The Michigan STEM Partnership In Action:

A Collaboration Between Business, Education, and Government

by Tanoff, Michael; Grosso, Kathy

This conference paper is authored by Michael Tanoff, Director, Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, and Kathy Grosso, STEM Facilitator, Dudley STEM School, Battle Creek Public Schools and is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

This paper describes the evolution and ongoing development of the Michigan STEM Partnership and its Lake Michigan Hub, part of a statewide collaboration of leadersfrom PK–20 education, business and industry, philanthropy, economic development, government, military, and other organizations dedicated to elevating STEM literacy and proficiencies in a way that increases Michigan’s economic strength to retain and attract desirable jobs. The presentation will describe statewide needs that dictated the formation of the Partnership, the structure of the Partnership, and activity within the Hub through its second year of existence, including asset and expertise mapping, teacher professional development, and student out

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111. Bridging the Creativity and STEM Crisis

by Katanski, Daniel

This conference paper is authored by Daniel Katanski, Ph.D. Candidate, Eastern Michigan University and is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

American youth have become less creative in the past twenty years, impacting the numbers who are focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Finding ways to foster creativity growth in students, can increase interest in STEM and prepare some to enter STEM careers. However, schools cannot alone generate significant interest in STEM topics. The use of Technology Competitions can provide constructive environments where students can solve challenging complex open ended problems with the guidance of adult mentors from STEM fields. The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition is one of the best examples of a Technology Competition.

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112. Blending Innovation, Student Co-Learning, Entrepreneurship and Informal Education – Innovation 5

by LaCommare, Katherine; Deits, Thomas L;

This ocnference paper is authored by Thomas L Deits, Michigan State University and Katherine LaCommare, Lansing Community College and the paper is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

We are engaged with Michigan's Impression 5 Science Center in a student co-learning project to systematically investigate how the new technologies of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping can be adapted to the informal education environment. We will describe our progress in creating a sustainable plan to integrate these new technologies into a hands-on science museum in order to stimulate interest in STEM among young people, engage students in entrepreneurship and innovation and provide an accessible community resource for everyone from tinkerers to micro-entrepreneurs.

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113. Promoting STEM Education Through The Ford High School Science

by Imad H. Makki

This paper is authored by Imad H. Makki of Ford Motor Company and is part of the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have been critical for the U.S. workforce in order to maintain its competitiveness and leadership worldwide, and to stand at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. economy.

For the past three decades, Ford Motor Company has been a pioneer and a leading force in promoting STEM education amongst high school students in southeast Michigan, inspiring generations of scientists and engineers, demonstrating the wonders of science and technology thru a unique initiative: the Ford High School Science and Technology Program (HSSTP). The intent of the program is to increase student's interest in engineering, science, mathematics, and related careers. In this paper, we will review the motivation behind the Ford HSSTP program, discuss lessons learned, and provide some suggest

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114. A Contract Research Organization as a Model for Engaged Learning in STEM

by Caldwell, Craig

This conference paper is authored by Craig Caldwell, Salt Lake Community College and is included in the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The Biotechnology Program at Salt Lake Community College operates a technician training program that is based on a contract research organization. The program, called InnovaBio, operates alongside of the regular academic program to provide training opportunities to biotechnology interns while at the same time offering research services to local bioscience companies. InnovaBio interns are drawn from partnering high school biotechnology programs as well as Salt Lake Community College programs. The value of their internship experience is the opportunity to work on challenging, credible, research projects that add value to their training as well as the local economy. InnovaBio research is conducted at the Salt Lake Community College Biotechnology Program labs under the guidance of professional research scientists.

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115. How Do We Know? Inquiry-based Front Ends for Conventional Topic Treatments in STEM Textbooks

by Schuster, David

This conference paper is authored by David Schuster, Physics Department and Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University. It is included in the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

Most conventional science textbooks present what we know, as an established body of knowledge, but little if anything of how we know. Science is presented largely as product, with the inquiry practices of science largely absent. To remedy this imbalance, we have been devising inquiry-based ‘front ends’ for use in instruction as precursors to direct textbook treatments. We illustrate the issue with an example of a direct textbook exposition of refraction, and then show this can be enhanced with an inquiry-based conceptual introduction to the topic. Similar inquiry-based front ends are being developed for other science topics.

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116. sHaPe (Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration)

Camp for Middle School Students

by Agee, Kathyrn

The Grand Valley State University Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration (sHaPe) summer day-camp program provides area middle school students, mostly from urban Grand Rapids, hands-on exposure to various health professions.

The sHaPe program is designed for students entering eighth or ninth grade - a key time when students are exploring careers. The camp is entering its fourth year and one hundred students have completed camp to date. In 2010 and 2011, 32 students attended each year. In 2012, the number increased to 36 students.

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117. An Integrative STEM Experience Onboard a Research Vessel

by Janet H. Vail and Michele H. Smith

The Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) operates a unique outreach program onboard its research and education vessels that provides STEM experiences for K-12 students. Since 1986, over 144,000 students and others have experienced Lake Michigan and adjoining waters through AWRI’s Water Resources Outreach Education Program. Offered aboard two research and education vessels, the program mainly serves school groups. Trips can be customized for all ages from fourth grade through adults. Onboard the vessel, students conduct hands-on water quality testing for a variety of parameters. Data from individual trips is aggregated with data collected by other groups and it is available for classroom use. Since 1996, the AWRI has hosted middle school students from a local school district that has 47.1% minority population. The majority of these students have never been out on the water on a boat until this trip. As “scientists” during their trip, they are able to ha

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118. What Works in STEM Intervention Programs for URM Undergraduates

by Dyer-Barr, Raina

This conference paper is authored by Raina Dyer-Barr of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference.

Using data collected as part of a larger study of the various factors that affect undergraduate students’ experiences in STEM, this paper addresses the conference topic of STEM student retention best practices. Focusing on intervention programs aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of minority undergraduates traditionally underrepresented in STEM, this paper explores the perspectives of 56 SIP administrators from 10 large public, research universities around what “works” to enable the successful administration of these programs, especially in terms of how they aid in the recruitment and retention of historically and traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students in STEM.

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119. Teachers 'n Training: Builiding Formal STEM Teaching, Efficacy through Informal Science Teaching Experience

by Georgia Bracey, Molly Brooks, Stephen Marlette, and Sharon Locke;

This conference paper is authored by Georgia Bracey, Molly Brooks, Stephen Marlette and Sharon Locke of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is part of the ASQ 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The SUIE Teachers 'n Training (TNT) program is a collaborative series of immersion experiences and teaching opportunities for preservice teachers designed to increase their ability, comfort level, and competence to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Teacher candidates engage in meaningful experiences with STEM professionals who guide them in the development and implementation of inquiry-based STEM lessons in an informal setting. In this paper, we describe the TNT program, report findings from its first year, and outline plans for subsequent years.

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120. Pedagogical Environments in Chemistry: Effects on Women's Self-Efficacy Beliefs

by Megan L. Grunert and George M. Bodner;

This conference paper is authored by Megan L. Grunert, Western Michigan University and George M. Bodner, Purdue University. The paper is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The underrepresentation of women in STEM fields has been an area of national focus for several decades. Research has focused on many areas, educational levels, and theoretical constructs in an effort to understand the continued shortage of girls and women in STEM. Self-efficacy beliefs have been strongly correlated to choice of academic major, persistence, and career interests. This qualitative study investigated the experiences and self-efficacy beliefs of women in chemistry, with a focus on understanding the role of pedagogical environments in the development of self-efficacy beliefs. Through a series of interviews, participants discussed their entry into a chemistry academic program, their progress, and their future goals.

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121. Learning by Doing: A Case Study of a Clinical Model for STEM Teacher Preparation

by King, Caryn M.

This conference paper is authored by Dr. Caryn M. King, Associate Dean, College of Education, Grand Valley State University and is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The United States Department of Education estimates that the nation will need 100,000 new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers during the next 10 years. Thus, preparing new STEM teachers has been identified as one of the nation’s priorities. This article describes the collaborative process used by one Midwestern university as it designed and implemented an experimental teacher preparation program, drawing STEM professionals from industry to become teachers in “high-needs” secondary schools. Following a description of the collaborative development process, the experimental curriculum is presented along with findings gleaned by an evaluator not associated with the program. Implications for preparing future STEM career changers who wish to become teac

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122. An Overview of MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP)

by Luperfoy, Susann

This conference paper is written by Dr.Susann Luperfoy, Executive Director of MIT's UPOP prgram and is part of the ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a full year, co-curricular program that introduces second-year students to “Firm Skills:” the foundational knowledge, tools and cognitive frameworks they need to effectively apply the “hard” science, math and engineering learning from their core disciplinary studies, to leadership careers that they themselves actively design. Now in its twelfth academic year, UPOP continues to evolve and grow to meet the changing educational needs of burgeoning enrollment, while also responding to the shifting priorities of the employers who hire students as interns and later recruit them as regular employees upon graduation.

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123. Synthesizing the Literature Concerning the Math Anxiety to Inform a Project on Pre-Service Teacher Retention Rates

by Flegg, Nicholas; Mohamed, Kamariah;Trimmer, Karen

This conference paper is authored by Nicholas Flegg, Kamariah Mohamed and Karen Trimmer of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and is including in the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

This paper reviews literature regarding numeracy and mathematics anxiety and considers the role of teacher efficacy as a predictor of teachers' competence and commitment to teaching. This examination of previous studies leads to discussion of a proposed project that is predicted to confirm the expected correlations between high Anxiety / poor Numeracy levels and lowered retention rates of University pre-service Education students.

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124. LASER: Leadership and Science Ensures Results- Evolution of a STEM Partnership

by Brooks, Jill

This paper is authored by Jill Brooks of Raytheon and the paper is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The STEM crisis was the catalyst for a partnership between Raytheon and McKinney Independent School District to develop LASER (Leadership And Science Ensures Results), a STEM outreach program.

LASER started as a technical and leadership curriculum embedded in the 11th grade Physics curriculum, in 2010-2011. After two years of execution, with many lessons learned, the high school curriculum was re-designed, and the original curriculum was refined to meet the abilities/needs of 6th grade students for 2012-2013.

The program has touched 4500+ high school students over three years and 2250+ middle school students this year. Feedback from students, teachers, and administrators is positive and there are now “LASER Graduates” pursuing STEM education in college. Data indicates the program has caused 42% of the students to

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125. Pre-Engineering STEM Capstone Project to Design an Oil Cap Remover Tool to Help General Aviation Cessna Pilots

by Feola, Sandy

This conference paper is authored by Sandy Feola and is part of the 2103 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

This Extended Abstract paper will describe one high school team's experience as they apply pre-engineering course competencies to solve a problem that women and older general aviation pilots encounter - difficulty to open over-tightened Cessna 152 or 172 engine oil caps during the pre-flight check. Industry professionals from three local companies provided STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) mentorship targeted to support project plan activities best suited to their key support strengths.

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