Rose-Hulman Hosting STEM Workshop

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is hosting a group of teachers from four states for a workshop on using technology and software in science, technology, engineering and math education. The effort is a partnership with Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way Inc.

July 28, 2014

News Release

Terre Haute, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is helping educate Midwest high school teachers to engage their students in open-ended problem solving, applying the engineering design process, and using industry-leading technology and software through Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

Seven teachers from four states have been on campus for a two-week workshop (July 21 to August 1) to learn how to integrate PLTW's Introduction to Engineering Design course into their school’s freshman-year curriculum.

The course has students digging deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. Students work individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and document their work in an engineering notebook.

"The Project Lead The Way curriculum is giving high school students valuable tools to learn about different engineering disciplines before beginning post-secondary education or careers," said Rose-Hulman PLTW Affiliate Director Christine Buckley, PhD, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering.

This summer’s workshop is being led by Michael Winderl, a PLTW-certified master teacher.

Teachers participating in the workshop are:

• Jacob Berg of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand, Indiana

• Jason Berg of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois

• Collin Daunhauer of Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana

• Rick Foster of Danville Community High School in Danville, Indiana

• Jason Hayes of Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

• Scot Hollenbaugh of Oregon Davis High School in Hamlet, Indiana

• Donald Murphy of Kiamichi Technology Centers in Hugo, Oklahoma.

Rose-Hulman is an affiliate partner for PLTW, supporting the growth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) across Indiana. The institute is among approximately 50 other colleges, universities, and research institutions providing support for PLTW and its network of nearly 5,200 elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States.

"Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier engineering, science, and math universities," said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram, PhD. "STEM education has never been more crucial for our country, and we are thrilled to have such a prestigious, highly regarded partner as Rose-Hulman to further our important work."

Rose-Hulman has a rich history in providing innovative STEM education programs. Teachers and students in Indiana often turn to the institute as an important STEM education resource. Rose-Hulman’s Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) is an online community for middle- and high-school teachers, and Homework Hotline receives nearly 40,000 calls annually from students seeking assistance with K-12 mathematics and science homework.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. Rose-Hulman has also been recognized by The Princeton Review, which cited six of the institute’s professors within their 2012 Best 300 Professors book, the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be included. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu.

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology