335 Building Bridges: Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Engineering On the South Plains

Thursday, November 5, 2009: 4:40 PM
Charolais (Camino Real Hotel)
Jennifer D. Crawford , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Dominick J. Casadonte , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
The vision and overall theme of Texas Tech University’s “Building Bridges: Integrating Mathematics, Engineering, and Science on the South Plains” GK-12 program is the development of deep thinking about the integration of mathematics, science, and engineering in graduate research and in the K-12 environment by STEM GK-12 Graduate Fellows. This is accomplished by the development of “Bridge Quartets”, where a scientist (engineer) Fellow and high school science Teacher pair with a math Fellow and a corresponding math Teacher at the same school to develop learning/teaching cohorts. One of the outcomes of the program is the development of integrated math/engineering/science curricula for high school students. This presentation will focus on examples of the ability of the Fellows to integrate their research within the context of the science/math classroom as well as the integration of math and science within the classroom and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills base. Sample integrated modules will be discussed.