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The Tsunami Model Eliciting Activity:A free, hands-on, active, real-world curriculum to introduce engineering in K-12 Kenneth Reid, Director, Engineering Education, ONU Christine Floyd, Eastwood Middle School, Indianapolis
Model Eliciting Activities (MEAs) • Developed through Purdue University Engineering Education program • Six guiding principles: • The Model Construction Principle • The Reality Principle • The Self-Assessment Principle • The Model Documentation principle • The Share-ability / Reusability / Generalizability Principle • The Effective Prototype Principle
The Tsunami MEA • Developed specifically for middle school students • Designed to be completed over multiple class periods • Designed as an interdisciplinary project • Pre-engineering* • Science • Math • Social Studies* • Originally tied to IN state standards
Implementation • 7th grade – PLTW Gateway to Technology • 2006 • Required course • 6th grade • 2007-2008 • 2-3 weeks dedicated to activity • 9th grade • 2012
Interdisciplinary nature: interviews • “These told more about the people, and global studies told more about like what already happened, what’s happening, yeah” • “They were sad about all the natural disasters, but then I thought of all the things engineers have to do to prepare for rebuilding and manufacturing and stuff, I thought it was pretty cool how they learn techniques and how they use materials… It kinda all came together. Like how the country was coming along, then the project kinda put it all into perspective” [emphasis added]
Let’s get started - • Video: • http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/environment-natural-disasters/tsunamis/tsunami-101/ • http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/mar/14/japan-tsunami-amateur-footage-video • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3AdFjklR50 (start @ 1:24) • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRDpTEjumdo • Images: • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/pictures/120309-japan-tsunami-earthquake-anniversary-fukushima/
Questions? Ken Reid, Director, Engineering Education • firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Floyd, Science Department Chair, Eastwood Middle School, Indianapolis, IN • email@example.com Other references: • https://engineering.purdue.edu/ENE/Research/SGMM/Problems/MEAs_html • Examples of MEAs • http://www.engineeringedu.com/contestcurr.html • Tsunami MEA – 2009 Best Middle-School Curriculum