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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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126. Developing an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program for High School Students

by Christopher Reis and Donald Patnode

This paper is authored by Christopher Reis, Kettle Moraine School District (WI) and Donald Patnode, Second Chance Partners for Education. This conference paper is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference paper.

The demand for skilled workers in technology-intensive manufacturing careers is growing due to demographic shifts in the American workforce. The Kettle Moraine School District and Second Chance Partners for Education have partnered to establish a program to circumvent these challenges. Junior and senior students will complete academic coursework and will also learn technical skills through employment experience with local and national manufacturing businesses.

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127. Eliminating Confounding Variables to STEM Implementation in a Rural School District Using Mobile 1:1

by Diane Brissette and James Anderson

This conference paper is authored by Diane Brissette, Assistant Superintendent (Curriculum and Instruction) for Greenville Public Schools and James Anderson, Board Member of the Greenville Public Schools. This paper is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

This paper will trace the history, conditions, rationale, and early experiences of current STEM applications in Greenville Public Schools. Specifically addressed in the project analysis are efforts to identify and isolate two significant variables – time and access. These variables, and the impact of poverty on them, were considered in the design and delivery of instruction using contemporary technology.

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128. Enhancing STEM Education through Project-Based Learning: Barriers versus Benefits

by Susan Mendoza and Robert M. Smart

This conference paper is authored by Susan Mendoza and Robert M. Smart of Grand Valley State University and the paper is part of the ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

A practical research experience is an important tool to enhance and reinforce learning in STEM fields, as well as shape commitment to science and engineering careers. Through an integrated approach to STEM education focused on real-world, authentic problems, students learn to utilize and reflect on the problem-solving process. Although the benefits of project-based learning are well documented, institutional culture often discourages broad based adoption of these practices. Barriers exist structurally as well as organizationally. The presenters will speak to how to utilize the strength of undergraduate research as pedagogy to expand the practice within the classroom, as well as collaborate with industry and community partners.

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129. Creating a Foundation for Engineering Education in Five K-12 Rural School Districts

by Stephen Marlette, Allison Fahsl, Gary Mayer and Georgia Bracey;

This conference paper is authored by Stephen Marlette, Allison Fahsl, Gary Moyer and Georgia Bracey of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SUIC)

This paper describes the first phase of multi-year university lead partnership with rural school districts. A professional development model was designed to provide teachers in these rural schools access to professional development focused in the area of engineering design at the K-5 level. The project evaluation utilized a quasi-experimental approach to follow a cohort of twenty-six teachers and twenty-five comparison group teachers. Overall, the data suggest the project has been successful thus far in achieving the goal of increasing rural K-12 teachers’ understanding of engineering design and technology concepts.

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130. Standard of Learning

by Johnson, F. Craig

Z1.11 is an American national standard that can help you measure and manage the degree to which your planned activities are realized and planned results are achieved. This enables your organization to fulfill requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, achieve AdancED accreditation and meet state requirements. The standard can even be applied in education organizations outside of the United States.

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131. Editor's Note: Standard Definition

by Schmidt, Megan

Quality management system (QMS) standards, the focus of this issue, provide a formalized, process-oriented approach to document and review the structure, responsibilities and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organization. ASQ/ANSI Z1.11:2011-Requirements for education organizations is an American national standard for educators and school administrators. Similar to other industry-specific standards published in recent years, Z1.11 is based on the widely-adopted ISO 9001 standard, which had 1.1 million certified users worldwide at the end of 2010, the most recent data available.

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132. The Pedagogy of Science Teaching Test

by William W. Cobern

Planning and implementing successful classroom science instruction for concept learning is a demanding task for teachers, requiring several kinds of knowledge: content knowledge, pedagogy knowledge, and knowledge of inquiry. Together this knowledge is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Science Instruction. Science teacher education programs routinely include science content courses where knowledge of science is assessed. Much less attention has been given to the assessment of knowledge pertaining to the pedagogies of science content instruction as typically taught in science teaching methods courses. Our assessment items are for this purpose. Each item begins with a classroom teaching vignette followed by a question asking either for an evaluation of what was done in the vignette or preference for what should be done. Although the items were designed with formative assessment in mind, sets of items can also be compiled for summative or research purposes, with versions for different science su

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133. Improvement in Teaching Quality Concepts to Engineers: Measurement, Data Analysis, Experiments and Modeling

by Chris Plouff, Paul Stephenson and Shabbir Choudhuri ;

This paper is authored by Chris Plouff, Paul Stephenson and Shabbir Choudhuri of Grand Valley State University and is included in the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

A pair of courses has been developed to teach engineering students about measurement, data analysis, and statistical modeling concepts used in quality control and quality systems in technical environments. Engineering students take two complementary courses, typically during the first year of the engineering curriculum: Statistical Modeling for Engineers (STA 220) and Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis (EGR 220). The new course pair is designed to provide an introduction to probability and statistical concepts. STA 220 introduces students to statistical tools that can be used to aid in the design of engineering experiments and in the analysis of data generated from these studies. The EGR 220 course provides hands-on, lab experiences which reinforce the material discussed in STA 220,

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134. An Aviation-Themed STEPS Camp for Engaging 7th Grade Girls

by Sara L. Mass, Charles R. Standridge and Paul D. Plotkowski;

This conference paper is authored by Sara L. Maas, Charles R. Standridge and Paul D. Plotkowski of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. It is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference.

The STEPS Camp for Girls at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a four day introduction to science, technology, and engineering. The main objective of the camp is to increase the number of females, particularly those who are members of additional under-represented groups, entering the engineering profession through building self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy; increasing content knowledge and interest in engineering, science, and technology; and nurturing teamwork in each camper.

A 10-year tracking study on the impact of the camp showed that 47% of camp participants claim an interest in a science related career versus 18% of a comparable peer group. Most of the participants responded that STEPS s

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135. Teaching Lean Six Sigma with Service Learning

by Janet Braun

This paper by Janet Braun of Western Washington University, is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

In learning and applying the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools, the challenges of clearly defining a problem and then systematically driving down to find the root causes are better experienced than talked about in the classroom.

To improve student learning of this subject, the author incorporated a problem-based service-learning project in the course. Student teams were paired with community non-profit organizations that have no significant knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodology and little or no resources to spend on process improvement. Each team worked on a unique problem from definition through the recommendation of improvements.

A preliminary assessment was conducted using student surveys. 80% of students agreed that this project helped them see how to apply the Lean Six Sigma tools and methodology and 69% agreed

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136. Next Generation Science: Bridge to the Future

by Karen Meyers

This conference paper is authored by Karen Meyers, Director, Regional Math and Science Center, Grand Valley State University. It is included in the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce, developed over the past year through a collaborative, state-led process, were recently released. This paper will give a brief overview of the history and structure of the new standards. Attention is given to how the NGSS differ from previous standards and the implications of these differences for classroom instruction.

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137. Filling the Gaps: Building and Sustaining a Scientific Workforce

by Darcie Wallace-Duckworth

Filling gaps in scientific, technology, engineering and mathematical fields (STEM) with experienced employees have become increasingly difficult. The reduced population of skilled and experienced employees is one of the greatest risks faced by employers (Weber, 2011). Unemployment rates are lower for STEM jobs as compared to non-STEM jobs and at the same time, there is a decrease in STEM graduates (US Congress JEC, 2012). As technology diffuses across industries, demand for STEM capable workers will continue to grow. Filling these gaps becomes increasingly critical as employment in STEM-related fields is projected to grow 17% over the next decade. In the midst of this challenge, Aegis Sciences Corporation, ASC, has seen rapid growth in market share and testing volume over the past two years. In order to fill 236 new STEM positions, ASC has responded to this challenge through five key elements: 1. Development of partnerships 2. Establishment of a global reach 3. Development of training pro

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138. Integration of STEM Community College Curricula and Industry Partnerships through National Certifications

by Susan Ely;

As need for a highly skilled STEM workforce increases, the linkage between secondary and post-secondary STEM curricula and their potential employers becomes increasingly important. The following paper details the implementation of the Advancing Manufacturing Initiative in collaboration with regional manufacturing partners, regional workforce development and Ivy Tech Community College. This initiative includes the increase of awareness of the need for skilled labor in manufacturing disciplines, the training and evaluation of local workforce and the creation of a bridge between regional workforce needs and the use of a standard measurement of skills through the implementation of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) exam.

After regional workforce needs were determined, a multiphase approach began integrating standardized testing at three different levels of education including high schools, dislocated workers and college students. Im

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139. A Partial Literature Review on the Research on Science Career Motivation

by Victoria J. Fawcett-Adams

This literature review is part of an ongoing doctoral dissertation. A brief outline will appear in the next issue of QED with a hyperlink to the library.

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140. 2013 ASQ STEM Agenda Conference Breakout Sessions LIsting of Papers

by Cindy Veenstra

2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference Break-out Sessions Listing of Papers

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141. MOOCs: Massive Opportunity or Mucky Mess?

by Schmidt, Megan

Distance learning and online classrooms are nothing new, but massive open online courses (MOOCs—which, by the way, is pronounced “mook”) have taken higher education by storm. What distinguishes MOOCs from their ancestors is that anyone can enroll, they’re free, all you need is an internet connection and they can accommodate hundreds of thousands of students at a time. In this issue of ASQ Higher Education Brief, we take a look at both sides of the MOOC debate.

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142. Beware of MOOCs

by Schmidt, Megan

Gerry Canavan, an assistant professor in the English department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, shared his concerns about this new wave of e-learning with Higher Education Brief in this exclusive Q&A article. He said MOOCs are an ineffective medium for learning and that they de-skill and de-professionalize academia.

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143. A MOOC with a Mission

by Schmidt, Megan

MOOCs have been recognized as a potential low-cost and effective way to prepare the large number of students that need remedial coursework before they can take college-level math and science. In this exclusive Q&A article, Robert Hoar, a math professor at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, discusses the role of MOOCs in academia and shares details about the successful math MOOC offered by the university.

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144. Journal for Quality and Participation (JQP) to Explore 22nd Century Learning

by Di Pierro, Marianne

If you subscribe to ASQ's Journal for Quality and Participation, don’t miss Higher Education Brief associate editor Marianne Di Pierro’s article in the April 2013 issue that details how educators are employing innovative technology and are creating holistic learning environments that reflect the social and academic integration necessary for student success.

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145. Aerospace-themed Camp Engages Girls in STEM

by Sara L. Maas, Charles R. Standridge, Paul D. Plotkowski

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Enrichment Program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) near Grand Rapids, MI, exposes seventh-grade girls to STEM concepts and careers through week-long day camps.

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