iPads: Paving the Way for the Future of Engineering Education in K-12
October 18, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Claudia Talamantes and Nancy Peña from Del Valle High School presenting using their iPads during the UTeach Engineering Miners summer institute for teachers at UTEP.
The first time you think about K-12 and Engineering Education; the iPad may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, last summer at The University of Texas at El Paso, the iPad played a major role in redesigning what is traditionally thought to be pen- and paper- based teaching methods, into a completely hands on experience. The six-week long experience brought together UTEP faculty and staff with K-12 teachers in the local community to focus on developing and expanding the University's engineering curriculum into the high school arena.
This is the second Summer Institute for Teachers, which was funded by the federal Department of Education via MSEIP and GEAR UP awards, and through support of the National Science Foundation through a MSP award to UT Austin's UTeachEngineering program. The teaching-with-technology iPad project is a partnership between the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center (UGLC), the College of Education, College of Engineering and UTEP GEAR UP.
Teachers throughout the El Paso region spent six weeks working with iPads to develop the future of engineering education within the local region. This is one of the first attempts to streamline the pathways from high school to college engineering; specifically within the STEM fields in such a setting. The uniqueness of this approach was to bring a current day learning technology to the plate and see just what possibilities it would open up. The institute which was held within the Undergraduate Learning Center at the newly designed UTeach interactive lab provided the location for the project. This project is the first of it's kind within the local region and one of a handful within the United States as colleges and universities work to expand STEM fields.