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K-12 STEM Education


Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a field of wide variety and unclear parameters. STEM education includes approaches that explore teaching and learning among any two or more of the STEM subject areas, and/or between a STEM subject and one or more other school subjects. The United States Department of Education defines STEM education programs as those primarily intended to provide support for, or to strengthen, STEM education at the elementary and secondary through postgraduate levels, including adult education. The EED department conducts research in many areas within STEM education to expand education research base. This includes engineering design thinking, cognition, meta-cognition, and problem-solving.


STEM education—is vital to our future—the future of our country, and the future of our children and is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Because STEM is so important we need to encourage students currently in our educational systems, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace it. Students should be advised on the merits of taking as many STEM courses in as possible, taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and innovative activities. Making STEM courses fun, interesting, and meaningful will help students to learn, and potentially lead to exciting and rewarding STEM career. STEM education research can help determine how different instructional methods impact the classroom and promote STEM teaching and learning.

Teaching Section Overview

The Department of Engineering Education teaches foundational engineering courses for the pre-professional students in the College of Engineering and provides them relevant and sound learning experiences. The department strives to promote a University culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and encourages the creation of learning environments in which diverse students can learn and excel.

Our teaching includes student learning to develop the ability to create and synthesize knowledge; think critically and reflectively; master written communication skills; as well as oral communication skills; and demonstrate engineering skills. In order to help students develop these skill sets, we encourage them to find solutions by themselves, instead of simply giving them solutions. Opportunities for developing materials to demonstrate competencies occur in coursework and through prior education and/or experience.

Creating Quality Graduate Students:

To ensure that our graduate students are competitive upon graduation we build in them a sound foundation in engineering education, experience in classroom teaching and the ability to conduct rigorous research. We engage our graduate students in professional development; participate actively in the professional field of engineering education; teaching engineering, and apply their knowledge of instruction, curriculum design, and assessment of engineering science, problem-solving, and design appropriately. Through the content of the coursework required of all graduate students in the program, they gain the skills to make them competitive as the next generation of leaders.

Current Faculty Research Projects