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  1. Focus on STEM Education • Sierra College CACT is focused on STEM education & product development • Need a supply of future STEM workers • Students are not prepared for college-level STEM

  2. What does it take to interest middle and high school students in STEM? (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

  3. The thrill of making something • Awakens hidden talents • Makes learning relevant • Inspires education & career plans

  4. Build a catapult project • Create catapult curriculum & lab • Present & test in schools • Outcomes • Lessons learned • What’s next

  5. Project goals • Provide experience to: • Make abstract lessons relevant for students • Attract girls to STEM • Engage educators • Tie to State Standards • Integrate academic and technical education

  6. Tech-Explorer instructional concepts • Hands-on, project-based learning • “Just-in-time” not “Just-in-case” • Team problem solving • Equipment & methods used in industry

  7. Mobile lab • Equipment • Raw materials • Back-up parts • Equipment modified • for safety • Storage facility • Vehicle

  8. Secure school commitment • Present concept at school staff meetings • Meet with teachers and administrators • Identify space to build a catapult

  9. Work with the teacher • Pre-event class meeting: • Instructions & safety • Teams • Photo release • Survey • Three hours for project & competition • Post-event survey & career discussion

  10. Assure student success • Instructional video • Written instructions • 1:6 ratio of trainers to students • Use college students as trainers • Train student team leader who guides team

  11. Plan for marketing opportunities • Prepare main messages • Identify key audiences • Invite: • School Board • Counselors, administrators, and teachers • Teachers from other schools • Notify press & send article to school paper • Student photo release

  12. Competition motivates students • Competition & prizes: • Most accurate boy & girl • First completed catapult • Most helpful student • Encourage experiments to improve performance

  13. Tech-Explorer outcomes • Engage students & staff • Integrate CTE & academics to promote learning & retention

  14. Tech-Explorer impact • 23 Schools • 840 Students • 25 teachers and • CACT Directors trained

  15. Post-event survey Automated Manufacturing includes the fields of design, fabrication engineering, technology and manufacturing.  Did today’s project create an interest in any of these areas?    71% Yes Would you consider taking a class in Automated Manufacturing Technology?   68% Yes Would you consider a career in Automated Manufacturing Technology? 55% Yes

  16. Tech-Explorer outcomes • Students experience: • Project based learning • Power & hand tools • Industry methods • Following instructions • Leadership & team work • Career Exploration

  17. Tech-Explorer Outcomes - Publicity

  18. Lessons learned • Hands-on projects work • in many settings: • One room school • Suburban/Urban • Alternative • Court ordered • Middle School • High School • College

  19. Lessons learned • Start with educators who “get it” • Catalyst for new secondary and college curriculum + partners • Applications for industry training • Integrated curriculum – harder than it sounds

  20. Next steps • Advanced projects – electric, solar & electronic • “Institutionalize” project at schools • Pre and post event curriculum modules • Funding to catapult it forward

  21. Resources • Documents CD • Movie DVD • Tech-Explorer.com • Sierra College • 916-781-6245