Integrated STEAM Engineering Education Courses

 Dr. Nepal and SPA

 

Fall 2018

EGED 530 (ENGR 130) Fundamentals of Engineering - core course 

(3 graduate credits) [Online]  Dive into the engineering disciplines with experiences in electronics, machine design, manufacturing engineering, computer programming, thermodynamics, statics, fluids and mechanics of materials. Engaging engineering professors relate the content to classroom connections. Contact Dr. Deb Besser at deb.besser@stthomas.edu with any questions.
 

 

Spring 2019

EGED 531 Engineering Design - core course

(3 graduate credits) [online] The The engineering design process for PK-12 educators: design projects, hands-on computer labs, lectures and 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. Contact Dr. AnnMarie Thomas at apthomas@stthomas.edu with any questions.

Summer 2019

TEGR 528 (EDUC 327) Engineering in the P-12 Classroom - core course

(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) [Blended June 10-14 8:00 - 4:30] 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 hands-on engineering activity for P-12 students in their licensure area. Contact course instructors Dr. Debbie Monson at debbie.monson@stthomas.edu and Dr. Deb Besser at deb.besser@stthomas.edu if you have any questions.
 

EGED 614 Manufacturing Engineering in the Classroom - elective

(3 graduate credits) [Blended June 17-21 8:00 - 4:30] This course covers the basic principles and processes of how things are made. The topics covered will be a survey of how materials go from their initial acquisition from the earth to useful products. This will include traditional metal shaping processes (casting, forming, machining, etc.), traditional plastic shaping processes (thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion, etc.), and new processes such as micro- and nano-manufacturing and 3D printing. A course project will be due the first week of August. Contact course instructor, Dr. John Wentz at went2252@stthomas.edu, with any questions.
 

EGED 615 Statics, Materials and Structures - elective

(3 graduate credits) [Blended online and in person] Introduction to statics, strength of materials, and structures.  Topics include Newton’s Laws, equilibrium equations, analysis of determinate systems, load tracing, stress, strain, deformation, cross-sectional properties, shear and bending moments, axial member analysis and structural systems behavior. Each unit includes historic and critical issue connections. Emphasis is placed on how the material is used in the built environment and is relevant to P-12 education settings.  Contact course instructor, Dr. Katherine Acton at kacton@stthomas.edu, with any questions.
 

EGED 611 Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics - elective

(3 graduate credits) [Blended online and in person] 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), key laws of circuit theory (ohm's law, Kirchoff's  laws, conservation of power), 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, multimeter, 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. Contact course instructor, Prof. Andrew Tubesing at tubesing@stthomas.edu, with any questions.
  

Summer 2020

TEGR 528 (EDUC 327) Engineering in the P-12 Classroom - core course

(3 graduate credits; 4 undergraduate credits) [Blended June 18-22 8:00 - 4:30]. 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 hands-on engineering activity for P-12 students in their licensure area. 

Questions? Please contact course instructors Dr. Debbie Monson at debbie.monson@stthomas.edu and Dr. Deb Besser at deb.besser@stthomas.edu.

EGED 612 Digital Electronics and Computing Systems - elective 

(3 graduate credits) [online] This course explores the fundamentals principles that have enabled the "digital computing revolution" in communications, computing, entertainment, and monitoring systems. Educators will learn about Binary number system, Boolean logic, Design of digital systems, the architecture of a microprocessor, interfacing it with external 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. 

Questions? Please contact course instructor Dr. Kundan Nepal at kundan.nepal@stthomas.edu or read more about the course here.

EGED 613 Materials Science and Engineering - elective

(3 graduate credits) [Blended July 16-20 8:00-4:00] Unlock the secrets to how materials marvels, like graphene, shape memory metal, kevlar, and diamond, attain their exceptional properties. Educators will explore why the materials around us display the collage of properties they do, and how we can engineer materials to attain the properties we desire. This course will step through the various properties of materials (mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic, and deteriorative) and reveal how each of these is intimately linked with the underlying structure of the material. A course project will be due the first week of August. 

Questions? Please contact course instructor Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman at bbnelsonchee@stthomas.edu.


Additional course information is available at ClassFinder

Required core graduate certificate courses:

  • EGED 530 Fundamentals of Engineering
  • EGED 531 Engineering Design and Electives & EGED 530 Fundamentals of Engineering
  • TEGR 528 Engineering in the P-12 Classroom and Elective(s)

At least one elective is required: 

  • EGED 610 Fundamentals of Energy
  • EGED 612 Digital and Computing systems 
  • EGED 613 Materials Science and Engineering 
  • EGED 614 Manufacturing Engineering in the Classroom (Summer 2019)
  • EGED 615 Statics, Materials and Structures
  • EGED 616 Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics (Summer 2019)
  • EGED 699 Independent Directed Study

Graduate courses may be taken on their own, taken as part of the graduate certificate in Engineering Education, and may be transferred into a graduate degree program. Please feel free to contact Deb Besser if you have any registration questions. The Graduate Certificate is accepted by Bethel University and St. Catherine University. Find more information on the articulation agreements here

Undergraduate Minor courses

  • ENGR 130 Fundamentals of Engineering
  • ENGR 171 Engineering Design and Graphics
  • EDUC 327 Engineering in the P-12 Classroom 
  • Electives (see above)