(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) Feb 7/8, Feb 28/Mar 1, 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. Instructor: Dr. AnnMarie Thomas.
(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) June 9-12, 20 + 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 23-27 + 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 including the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics. This class is designed for K-12 educators. Instructor: Dr. Tom Shepard
(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) July 7-11 + online. An introduction to electricity, intended to help those who would like to better understand, use, and teach basic electrical concepts and tools. Topics will include: Physical principles of energy in electrical form (voltage, current, resistance, power, etc.), key laws of circuit theory (ohm's law, Kirchoff's laws, conservation of power, etc.), common electronic components (sources/batteries, resistors, capacitors, diodes, LEDs, etc.), basic circuit design and analysis, circuit prototyping and construction (breadboards, soldering, etc.), typical lab tools (hand tools, multi-meter, oscilloscope, function generator, etc.) and a brief introduction to concepts of digital electronics. This course offers a mix of theory and hands-on learning, as well as an exploration of techniques, tools and resources for teaching electrical concepts. Instructor: Prof. Andrew Tubesing
(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credit) This practical course provides a broad engineering experience and includes the following topics: electronics, machine design, manufacturing engineering, computer programming, thermodynamics, statics, fluids and mechanics of materials. The class will include hands-on activities, links to academic standards (including Next Generation Science Standards) and discussion of the current/historical importance of the topics. Instructor: Dr. Deb Besser.
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.