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Swift, Michael C.; Bowers, Lisa; McDonald, Eric; Walter, Anne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
St. Olaf College recently restructured its Summer Bridge Program (SBP) course for incoming low-income (LI) and first-generation (FG) college students from a non-major biology course, "Issues in Biology," to an interdisciplinary "Explorations in Science" course. Two significant changes were made with the intention of giving…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Transitional Programs, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students
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Guzey, Siddika Selcen; Nyachwaya, James; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
A wind energy focused curriculum for grades 4-8 was designed and implemented to promote the understanding of wind energy concepts with American Indian students. 57 students who participated in the 2009 summer program of the "Reach for the Sky" (RFTS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) received the curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Chou, Karen C.; Moaveni, Saeed – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2009
In almost all the civil engineering programs in the United States, a student is required to take at least one design course in either steel or reinforced concrete. One of the topics covered in an introductory steel design course is the design of connections. Steel connections play important roles in the integrity of a structure, and many…
Descriptors: Civil Engineering, Design, Course Content, Curriculum
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Moaveni, Saeed – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2007
In this paper, we will focus on an innovative way to teach some of the engineering fundamentals at the freshman level in an introductory engineering class. Unfortunately, today many students graduate without a good grasp of these fundamental concepts--concepts that every engineer, regardless of his or her area of specialization, should know. In…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses