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Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) Teacher Orientation. Saturday, May 21, 2011 10:00am – 2:00pm Hall for Discovery and Learning Research Purdue University. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant #0962840. Welcome and Introductions.

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Science Learning throughEngineering Design (SLED)Teacher Orientation

Saturday, May 21, 2011

10:00am – 2:00pm

Hall for Discovery and Learning Research

Purdue University

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant #0962840

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Purdue SLED Team

  • (Clockwise from 6:00) Brenda Capobianco, Todd Kelley, Keith Bowman, Chell Nyquist, Jim Lehman, Johannes Strobel, Gabriela Weaver

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What is SLED?

  • SLED, Science Learning through Engineering Design, is a partnership project of Purdue, four Indiana school districts, and community partners designed to help improve students’ science learning in grades 3-6.

  • The SLED project is supported by the National Science Foundation through its Math Science Partnership program.

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SLED Partners

Purdue Colleges ofEducation, Engineering,Science, Technology

Discovery Learning ResearchCenter

Lafayette School Corp.Tippecanoe School Corp.Taylor Community SchoolsPlymouth Community Schools

Community PartnersSIA, Duke Energy, Plymouth Foundry, etc.

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Targeted MSP

  • NSF’s Math Science Partnership (MSP) program supports linkages of higher education institutions with schools and other partners to improve K-12 mathematics and science education.

  • Targeted partnerships study and solve issues within a specific grade range or at a critical juncture in education, and/or within a specific disciplinary focus in mathematics or science.

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Goal of the SLED Partnership

Our aim is to increase grade 3-6 student learning of science by developing an integrated, engineering design-based approach to elementary school science education.

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Why Engineering Design?

  • Indiana’s elementary science standards now address elements of engineering design.

  • One basic rationale from the standards:“As citizens of the constructed world, students will participate in the design process.”

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New Indiana Academic Standards

Students will learn to use materials and tools safely and employ the basic principles of the engineering design process in order to find solutions to problems:

  • Define a real world problem and list criteria for a successful solution.

  • Design a moving system and measure its motion.

  • Design a prototype that replaces a function of a human body part.

  • Apply a form of energy to design and construct a simple mechanical device.

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SLED Partnership Objectives

  • Create a partnership of university engineers and scientists, teacher educators, school teachers, school administrators, and community partners to improve science education in grades 3-6 through the integration of engineering design in science teaching and learning.

  • Enhance the quality and quantity, and diversity of in-service and pre-service teachers prepared to utilize engineering design as a means to teach science through authentic, inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary, design projects.

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SLED Partnership Objectives

  • Adapt, refine, and test existing project- and design-based curricular materials/tasks, and where necessary develop new ones, to support the teaching of elementary science through authentic, inquiry-based, multi-disciplinary, design projects.

  • Generate evidence-based outcomes that contribute to our understanding of how teachers teach science through the engineering design process and how young students effectively learn science concepts through design-based activities.

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Key SLED Components

  • Adaptation and/or development of elementary-appropriate engineering design activities

    • Faculty design teams have been working throughout the academic year to create design activities for the classrooms

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Key SLED Components

  • In-service teacher professional development and support

    • Summer Institute

    • Follow-up professional development

    • Work with disciplinary faculty

    • SLEDhub online community and resource repository

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Key SLED Components

  • Pre-service teacher preparation

    • Special section of elementary science methods course focused on design

    • Linkages between pre-service teachers and SLED participating schools and teachers

    • Pre-service teachers in summer institute

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Key SLED Components

  • Research and dissemination

    • Research will address three key aspects of the project: the partnership, teacher implementation, and student learning.

    • Dissemination will include presentations at professional meetings, writings about the project, media exposure, and use of the SLEDhub site.

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SLED Outcomes

SLED hopes to generate:

  • new research on the understanding of how teachers teach science through the engineering design process and how young students learn science through design-based activities;

  • a library of tested, design-based curricular materials to support teaching science in grades 3-6; and

  • a prototype for high quality teacher professional development in engineering design for pre-service and in-service elementary educators.

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Implementation Timeline

  • Years 1 and 2

    • Development and integration of engineering design-based activities for grades 5 and 6.

  • Years 3 and 4

    • Development and integration of engineering design-based activities for grades 3 and 4.

  • Year 5

    • Expansion of the partnership and integration of engineering design-based activities for grades 3 – 6 in all schools.

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Expectations for Teachers

  • Participation in summer institute, academic year integration, and other associates activities for at least one year.

  • Academic year integration will consist of implementing at least two (one fall and one spring) design-based activities in your classroom.

  • Other activities include: follow-up sessions, participation in online community, and research participation.

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  • You will receive a stipend for your participation in the project.

  • You will receive PGP points for participation in the summer institute and follow-up professional development.

  • You will have an opportunity to apply for a mini-grant for your classroom.

  • You will have fun!

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SLED Research

  • SLED research will examine how teachers teach with design and will examine the impact of design activities on students’ learning of science, understanding of design, ability to apply design and inquiry skills, and ability to connect and transfer scientific concepts.

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SLED Research Partnership

  • Partnership factors that affect teachers’ use of design in their classrooms

  • Administrative support

  • Impact on participating scientists and engineers

  • Use of the SLEDhub online community

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SLED ResearchStudents (gr 3-6)

  • Students’ conceptualizations of design

  • Students’ learning of science

  • Students’ ability to link scientific concepts in the context of an engineering design-based task

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SLED ResearchTeachers (gr 3-6)

  • Teachers’ conceptualizations of design

  • Teachers’ implementation of design-based science tasks and use of design-informed pedagogical methods

  • Teachers’ challenges and solutions

  • Teachers’ collaborations

  • Teacher’s reflections on design and the implementation of design practices

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External Evaluation by Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP)

  • To ensure fidelity to program objectives, the SLED Partnership Leadership Team enlisted CEEP to monitor and evaluate program objectives through:

    • Designing pre, post, and follow-up surveys to gauge teachers’ implementation of core SLED curriculum;

    • Ensuring that survey responses reflect the 4 objectives of SLED;

    • Monitoring the implementation of SLED objectives into participants’ classrooms over the course of the grant.

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External Evaluation Policy (CEEP)

  • CEEP will employ advanced methodologies to develop measurable criteria and outcome-oriented data to maximize program adaptability over the course of the grant:

    • Aggregating survey data to determine teachers’ fidelity to SLED program goals and objectives;

    • Holding continuous project meetings and program surveys;

    • Conducting staff interviews to gauge stakeholders’ support for SLED;

    • Implementing long-term strategies to reflect the ongoing nature of the grant.

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Research/Evaluation Expectations Policy (CEEP)

  • Secure consent (teachers, parents) and assent (students)

  • Assist in data collection (e.g., administer student assessments)

  • Collect student data to inform your own practice

  • Assist in dissemination of results (e.g., conference presentations, publications)

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Experiencing Design Policy (CEEP)

Exploring Packaging Design

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Completing Paperwork Policy (CEEP)

  • Payee Certification Form (Form PC)

  • Photo Release Form

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Lunch Policy (CEEP)

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Summer Institute Policy (CEEP)

June 13-17 and June 20-24

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SLED Summer Institute Policy (CEEP)Activities

  • Week 1: Engineering design activities

    • Introduce engineering design

    • Try out examples of activities that can be used to address science content in grades 5 and 6

  • Week 2: Building curriculum and context

    • Field trips to science/engineering sites

    • Mini-workshops to build knowledge/skills

    • Curriculum mapping and lesson development

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SLED Summer Institute Policy (CEEP)Schedule – Week 1

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SLED Summer Institute Policy (CEEP)Schedule – Week 2

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PGP Points Policy (CEEP)

  • The summer institute will involve 70 contact hours, so it will be worth 70 PGP points if you attend everything.

  • University credit (at your own expense) is an option if there is interest. However, our tentative plan is to award PGP points only.

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What Will You Need? Policy (CEEP)

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Something to write with

  • Curricular materials from your school (e.g., textbook, other materials)

  • Laptop – if you wish to bring your own, we can provide wireless network access

  • An adventurous spirit!

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Things to Note Policy (CEEP)

  • Working lunch (and light breakfast items) will be provided daily except for Monday and Thursday of week 2. Your own your own for lunch on those days.

  • Monday morning of week 2 will involve a local site visit prior to Purdue activities.

  • Tuesday of week 2, plan to arrive here about 30 minutes early so that we can board a bus to visit SIA.

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Summer Logistics Policy (CEEP)


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Summer Logistics Policy (CEEP)

  • Parking

    • Red “C Permit” signs (lot behind DLR)

    • White “Residence Hall” signs

      • Not in Purdue Village (next to DLR)

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Summer Logistics Policy (CEEP)

  • Housing

    • Hillenbrand Hall

    • Check-in: 4:00-5:00pm Monday

    • Check-out: Friday each week

    • Provide Sheets and Towels; refresh daily

    • Dinner provided Monday – Thursday in Hillenbrand Dining Court

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Summer Logistics Policy (CEEP)

  • Payment

    • Receive check in mail approximately 3-4 weeks after conclusion

    • Include stipend and mileage

    • Mileage

      • $0.51 per mile

      • Calculated from school to DLR

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Summer Logistics Policy (CEEP)

  • Dining

    • Light continental breakfast and Lunch provided most days

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Orientation Wrap-Up Policy (CEEP)

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Questions to Ponder Policy (CEEP)

  • Why do you think Indiana has included the design process in the new science standards?

  • What barriers do you anticipate you will encounter when integrating design-based practices?

  • How can teachers cover everything in the curriculum if they use design-based teaching materials and methods?

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Questions? Policy (CEEP)

  • We’ll see you June 13th!