Pre-college instruction in science, technology, Engineering; and mathematics (STEM) is critical to preparing a workforce and citizens for a technology-based society. The K-5 years are especially important to creating interest and instilling basic concepts. Engineering-based pre-college outreach can provide useful resources in the K- 5 education classroom. However, interaction among K-5 teachers and STEM professionals is more effective if outreach is tailored to the K-5 environment. In particular, resources and outreach should accommodate K-5 assessment standards, level-appropriate concept definition, and grade continuity. This work uses a set of optics resources as an example of tailored outreach. Example lessons and activities illustrate pedagogy appropriate for the unique K-5 education environment, e.g. auditory, visual, and "kinesthetic" components, concept definition, terminology, and grade continuity. Optical engineering topics are related to Missouri science standards, STEM relevance and inquiry, and measurement activities.
T. M. Swift and S. E. Watkins, "Work in Progress -- Tailoring Optics Resources for K-5 Pre-college Outreach," Proceedings of the 2007 37th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference - Global Engineering: Knowledge Without Borders, Opportunities Without Passports, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Oct 2007.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2007.4418093
2007 37th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference - Global Engineering: Knowledge Without Borders, Opportunities Without Passports
Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Keywords and Phrases
Engineering Education; Mathematics; Optics; Technology
Article - Conference proceedings
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