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Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Hjalmarson, Margret; Zawojewski, Judith S.; Bowman, Keith – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
Model-eliciting activities (MEA), specially designed client-drive, open-ended problems, have been implemented in a first-year engineering course and in secondary schools. The educational goals and settings are different, but the design of an MEA enables it to be versatile. This paper will introduce the reader to the principles that guide MEA…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Scientific Principles, Engineering Education, College Students
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Hjalmarson, Margret; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Bowman, Keith; Zawojewski, Judith S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
We have designed model-development sequences using a common context to provide authentic problem-solving experiences for first-year students. The model-development sequence takes a model-eliciting activity a step further by engaging students in the exploration and adaptation of a mathematical model (e.g., procedure, algorithm, method) for solving…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Learning Experience, College Freshmen, Mathematical Models
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Matson, Eric; DeLoach, Scott; Pauly, Robyn – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2004
The "Robot Roadshow Program" is designed to increase the interest of elementary school children in technical disciplines, specifically math and science. The program focuses on children from schools categorized as rural or underserved, which often have limited access to advanced technical resources. We developed the program using robots…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Rural Schools