(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) June 10- 14, 8:30 - 4:30, + online.This hands-on course is designed for educators. Topics include an overview of current P-12 engineering, exploration of pedagogy and content, links to academic standards, and assessment of classroom initiatives. Educators will learn of programs, methods and other educators who have introduced engineering into P-12 classes across several disciplines. Engineering resources for teachers will be presented. Educators will create a unit or module focused on a hand-on engineering activity for P-12 students in their licensure area. Instructors: Dr. Debbie Monson and Dr. Deb Besser
(3 graduate credits) June 17-21, 8:30 - 4:30, + online.The course examines core concepts of energy and power technologies including fuels, heat engines, and renewable energy sources. Students will be introduced to the economic, environmental, and ethical implications of energy generation as well as some of the technical aspects (1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics). Instructor: Dr. Tom Shepard
(3 graduate credits) June 24 - 28, 8:30 - 4:30, + online. This course explores the fundamentals of both computer and electrical engineering disciplines and focuses primarily on the fundamentals principles that have enabled the "digital computing revolution" in communications, computing, entertainment, and monitoring systems. Educators will learn about the architecture of a microprocessor, interfacing it with external electronic circuitry/sensors and communicating with the processor through a computer programming language. Educators will complete a course project that will be due the first week of August. Instructors: Dr. Kundan Nepal and Mr. Andrew Tubesing
(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) Sept 6/7, Sept 27/28, Oct 25/26 and Nov 22/23 (Fri 4:30-8:30 OSS 325, Sat 8:30-3:30 OWS 166) The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to various aspects of engineering, including electronics, machine design, manufacturing, computer programming, statics, mechanics, thermodynamics and fluids. The course includes active learning for P-12 education levels. Integrated into each topic are relevant examples of how this material can be presented in a way that meets Minnesota education standards. Additionally, each unit includes a component dedicated to the historic and critical issues. Whenever appropriate, guest lectures and field trips are included. Instructor: Dr. Deb Besser.
(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) Feb 7/8, Feb 28/Mar1, Apr 4/5, Apr 25/26; Fri 4:30-8:30, Sat 8:30-3:30 OSS 230. The focus of this class is on the engineering design process for K-12 educators. Design projects, hands-on computer labs, lectures and possible field trips will introduce students to how the engineering design process is applied in a variety of fields. Students will learn how to create engineering drawings, apply an engineering design process, use computer-aided-design (CAD) technology, and work with rapid prototyping tools. Strategies for incorporating engineering design projects into the K-12 classroom will be discussed.
(3 graduate credits) Feb 14/15, Mar 7/8, Apr 11/12, May 2/3; Fri 4:30-8:30, Sat 8:30-3:30 OWS 166 This is an introduction to statics, strength of materials and structures. Topics will include Newton’s Laws, equilibrium equations, analysis of determinate systems, load tracing, stress, strain, deformation, cross-sectional properties, shear and bending moments and axial member analysis. The course will have lab sessions which will allow students to apply what they are learning from lectures. Emphasis will be placed on how the material is used in the built environment and is relevant to P-12 education settings. Examples will be given of how this material can be presented in a way that meets education standards. Each topic unit will include a component dedicated to the historic and current relevance of course concepts. Whenever appropriate, and feasible, guest lectures and field trips will be arranged.
Graduate courses may be taken on their own, taken as part of the graduate certificate in Engineering Education, or may be taken as part of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. Please feel free to contact Deb Besser if you have any registration questions.