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Engineering in P-12

Research in this area examines P-12 students and teachers as they relate to engineering. Current research projects include: 

EiE-Ohio - Kajfez, Rachel

Led by colleagues in Education and Human Ecology, this work aims to better prepare elementary and middle school teachers to teach engineering design using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum.  The work has evolved over the years to include the arts as a critical component of the STEM work.

Citations:

1. Irving, K.E., Malone, K.L., Tiarani, V., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2017).  EiE-Ohio – Building 21st century learners.  Paper presented at ASTE 2017: The 2017 International Conference of the Association of Science Teacher Education, Des Moines, IA. 
2. Tiarani, V., Malone, K, Irving, K. E., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016). "They fix stuff": Elementary students’ views about engineering and technology. Paper presented at the 2016 Indonesia Focus Conference, Lexington, KY.
3. Irving, K. E., Malone, K., Tiarani, V., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016).  The EiE-Ohio project: Building 21st century learners in high needs elementary school. Paper presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. 
4. Tiarani, V., Malone, K, Irving, K. E., Giasi, T., & Kajfez, R. (2016).  Elementary students’ views about engineering and technology. Paper presented at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic ASTE Regional Conference, Gatlinburg, TN.  

smART: ART Integrated Formal and Informal STEAM Education - Grzybowski, Deborah

Engineering is an inherently creative process. The smART project seeks to engage underrepresented populations in those creative processes and in so doing, generate a better understanding of the interrelated domains of engineering, science, technology and visual art. Research has shown that some individuals avoid STEM engagement due to fear and/or lack of exposure to STEM concepts in their early years. Often these same individuals self-select into the arts. Moreover, the engineering workforce lacks gender and racial/ethnic diversity, which limits its creative potential. To explore this issue, this project uses an arts-oriented approach within a multi-cultural after-school setting to create a more diverse pool of students and teachers who are STEM literate and STEM comfortable. The project has produced a comprehensive arts-integrated STEM curriculum for middle-school informal learning environments.

Citations:

1. Dixon, K., Barton, M., Le, J.V., Castro, C.E., Richardson, O.R., Grzybowski, D.M. “Making Meaning through Art-Integrated Engineering.” 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2017.
2. Dixon, K. & Grzybowski, D.M. “Design as the Practice of Probability: Engaging Adolescent Girls in Art-Infused Engineering.” 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.