Promoting Engineering Education in Elementary Schools and Clubs — The PEEESC Program
Teaching Engineering Design in Elementary and Middle School Science Education Courses
NEW!! Middle School Engineering Design Course
Dr. Lottero-Perdue and Dr. Barreto-Espino have co-authored a syllabus and course documentation for a new 2-credit course, SCIE 355: Teaching Engineering Design in Elementary and Middle School Science. The course is in the process of going through curriculum approval to become part of the new middle school education program at Towson University.
Geotechnical Engineering for ELED Majors
Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue has modified and integrated two Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units to extend and enhance instruction within PHSC 303 Earth-Space science, a required science content and methods course for elementary education majors. Students enrolled in her course engage in and learn the value of the engineering design process as an extension of their science learning. In spring of 2009, Dr. Lottero-Perdue's Elementary Education (ELED) students investigated the EiE geotechnical engineering unit,
to extend their geology instruction. This unit is being extended, enhanced and taught in many 6th grade earth science classrooms in HCPS.
Chemical Engineering for EESE Majors
In the fall of 2009 and 2010, Dr. Lottero-Perdue taught a different EiE engineering unit to her students who are Elementary Education / Special Education (EESE) majors at the Harford County satellite campus. This EiE unit,
links concepts about solids and liquids to chemical and process engineering. The central character in the storybook for the unit, Michelle (who has Downs Syndrome), learns to engineer play dough to solve a problem. This unit is well suited for EESE majors learning to teach science, and is a central part of the first grade STE unit in the SySTEmic Project, States of Matter and Chemical Engineering.
An elementary education major tests the stability of a model ‘TarPul’ bridge by determining the amount of weight that the cup can hold before it drops below the soil level.