Academic Study of Pathways to Engineering for Children, Teachers, and Schools
The Academic Study of Pathways to Engineering for Children, Teachers, and Schools (ASPECTS) group seeks to research and promote pre-college engineering education. Realizing that skill development and motivations for engineering are found far earlier than the admissions cycle for college, we seek pathways to knowledge about how students may learn, how teachers may instruct, and how school systems may implement engineering in PK-12. Our studies emphasize similar dimensions of education as college-based studies, with emphasis on enhancing the research community’s understanding of the pre-college educational infrastructure and process so that we may better prepare students that enter college programs and alleviate concerns of ability and performance often found at the first-year level of college instruction. Our contributions are also directed towards the introduction of engineering education as a means of augmenting teaching efforts and learning outcomes in other core subjects and state-of-the-art educational initiatives in K-12.
Cheryl Beauchamp, Ph.D. Student
Tina Griesinger, Ph.D. Student
Joshua Garcia-Sheridan, Ph.D. Student