The United States is currently experiencing a disadvantage in globalization due to the decline in the number of science and engineering doctoral students. The Drexel GK-12 program assesses this issue by enhancing the math and science education of high-school students through the context of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges while concurrently illustrating the global nature of these societal issues.
Trained graduate students (fellows) are placed in local schools in order to apply their particular engineering skills to each schools’ math and science curriculum, The fellows use NAE Grand Challenges as a vehicle to integrate and enrich the teaching of science and mathematics while embedding interactive processes and applying a real-world context. Concurrently, high-school students gain an appreciation for mathematics and science because they are able to “learn by doing” and fellows become knowledgeable in pedagogy through the direct application of their technical/scientific expertise in the classroom.
- Enrich and excite the science and math learning experiences of high school students by introducing the NAE Grand Challenges as context for classroom education
- Improve the teaching, communication, and team skills of the K-12 Fellows
- Provide mentoring experiences for the K-12 Fellows
- Provide content enhancement for the K-12 Teachers
- Build the above processes into the institutionalized program of Drexel graduate students
- Further strengthen the existing partnership between the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and Drexel University
- Instill in K-12 students an understanding for and an appreciation of the global nature of these issues and the role of engineering to solve societal challenges
- Improve the mathematics and science knowledge of the students through a contextual vehicle
- Enhance the ability of STEM K-12 Fellows and Teachers to design technology based supportive materials and integrate them into the classroom as contextual motivators to enrich student learning
- Build a foundation in pedagogy and inquiry-based instruction among the STEM K-12 Fellows
- Improve the STEM K-12 Fellows’ communication skills, ability to convey fundamental science and mathematics concepts to age specific audiences, and develop mentoring and leadership skills
- Improve the STEM K-12 Teachers’ ease in continuing to use the tools of Information Technology to find, assess and integrate technology-driven contextual materials into science and math classrooms
- Increase the knowledge, skills, and interest of high school students for STEM disciplines through technology-driven contextual introductions.