Building Collaboration Between Engineering and Education: Enhancing K-12 Technological Literacy

Monday, October 27, 2003/Parkview Campus

Session 1            10:00-10:50                                      


Room D210     “Successful Cases and Strategies for Institutionalizing Change in the Teaching-Learning Environment”

Dean Walter H. Gmelch, College of Education, Iowa State University


The educational reform movement calls for intense scrutiny of teaching practices in higher education – new ways of thinking about faculty and student interaction.  This session explores and illuminates: (1) a set of practices and strategies exemplified by Project LEA/RN, a successful engineering-education faculty development program; and (2) a conceptual framework and set of strategies for creating and sustaining successful changes in colleges.

Room D212            “Connecting to K-12”

Dean James L. Melsa, College of Engineering, Iowa State University

            Over the last two decades considerable priority has been given to encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in engineering. The results, when compared to the effort, can be characterized as unsatisfactory. At Iowa State University, the approach to outreach and recruitment of students to engineering is becoming theoretically-based (and focused primarily on women and students of color), drawing on scholarship in the behavioral and social sciences. The results are defying the trends. This presentation will describe the approach and programming in more detail.

Session 2            11:00-11:50

                        Repeat of 10:00 sessions.

Session 3            12:00-1:00                

Room F 212             “Technological Literacy”

Dr. William Wulf, President, National Academy of Engineering

            Modern society is deeply dependant on technology, yet most of its citizens are ignorant of how technology is created or works.  Working, as I do, at the interface of science, engineering and public policy, this state is not merely unfortunate - it is dangerous! This talk will explore what it means to be "technologically literate" and how we as engineers have a responsibility to address the illiteracy of the public.

Activities partially supported by a National Science Foundation grant (Award #0230654)



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