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Payton, Fay Cobb; White, Ashley; Mullins, Tara – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
There is a growing interest in STEAM (STEM + Arts) education nationwide. To uncover why these interdisciplinary initiatives can play a significant role in the student educational experience, it is crucial to identify characteristics of university students, who are participating and enrolled in STEM and arts curricula. We are interested in students…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Majors (Students), Interdisciplinary Approach
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Krehbiel, Dwight; Piper, Jon K. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
In 2000 several STEM faculty at Bethel College in Kansas designed and began offering a one-week intensive residential summer research experience for high school students--the Bethel College Summer Science Institute. The core idea underlying the design was to motivate students through the excitement of discovery. This event has been offered…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Summer Programs, High School Students
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Bénéteau, Catherine; Fox, Gordon; Xu, Xiaoying; Lewis, Jennifer E.; Ramachandran, Kandethody; Campbell, Scott; Holcomb, John – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
This paper describes the development of a Peer-Led Guided Inquiry (PLGI) program for teaching calculus at the University of South Florida. This approach uses the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) teaching strategy and the small group learning model PLTL (Peer-Led Team Learning). The developed materials used a learning cycle based on…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics
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Piper, Jon K.; Krehbiel, Dwight – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
To attract and retain more academically qualified students to science and mathematics, we developed a merit-based scholarship program for incoming students with STEM interests. Scholarship recipients participate for the first two years in an interdisciplinary learning community and declare a STEM major by the sophomore year. STEM Learning…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Seminars
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Sevier, Carol; Chyung, Seung Youn; Callahan, Janet; Schrader, Cheryl B. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
A quasi-experimental study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of using a service learning (SL) method on influencing introductory engineering students' motivation and ABET program outcomes, compared to the effectiveness of using a conventional, non-service-learning (NSL) method. The sample used in the study was 214 students enrolled in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Student Motivation, Engineering Education, Engineering
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Wilczynski, Vincent; Dixon, Gregg; Ford, Eric – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
The Mechanical Engineering Section at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has developed a comprehensive activity based course to introduce second year students to mechanical engineering design. The culminating design activity for the course requires students to design, construct and test robotic devices that complete engineering challenges. Teams of…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Robotics, Mechanics (Process)