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Impact

 

In 2005-2006, CIESE engaged 1,000 students from 32 K-12 geographically, socio-economically, and ethnically diverse schools throughout New Jersey in a research effort to assess the impact of engineering curricula on student learning in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston, and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, conducted the research and external evaluation of the Engineering Our Future NJ pilot program. As of fall 2009, the Engineering Our Future NJ initiative has reached more than 2,900 educators from 1,650 public and private schools in 335 districts in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties, and partnered with more than a dozen institutions of higher education and educational organizations to create a statewide network supporting engineering in formal K-12 education.

Preliminary findings of students in a national sample using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum showed that students learned more about technology and engineering than their counterparts who did not use this curriculum, and that they acquire a more nuanced and robust understanding of engineering and technology.

Evaluation Reports
Executive Summary of EOFNJ: Evaluation of a High School Pilot Project
Engineering Our Future New Jersey: Evaluation of a High School Pilot Project
Evaluation of The Spring 2006 Middle-School Implementation of the EOFNJ Project: AWIM
New Jersey- Statistical Analysis of EiE Data for Stevens Insitute of Technology

In addition, the following papers report on EOFNJ impacts:

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J. (2009) Analysis Of Middle- And High-School Students’ Learning Of Science, Mathematics, And Engineering Concepts Through A Lego Underwater Robotics Design Challenge. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009

Brockway, D., McGrath, E., McKay, M., Schultz, D. (2009) Analysis Of A Statewide K-12 Engineering Program: Learning From The Field. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009

Macalalag, A., Lowes, S., Guo, K., McKay, M., McGrath, E. (2009) Promoting Scientific Inquiry Through Innovative Science And Engineering Curricula In Grades 3-5. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009

McKay, M., Brockway, D., McGrath, E., Harms, H., Hole, E., Janosz, D. (2009) Systems And Global Engineering: Results Of A Pilot Study For High-School Students And Teachers. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009

Brockway, D., Bartus, G., McGrath, E. (2008) Engineering Connections for Middle School Science Teachers. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008

Macalalag. Jr, A., Brockway, D., McKay, M., McGrath, E. (2008) Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Engineering and Science Education: Lessons Learned in Year One. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008

McGrath, E., Sayres, J., Lowes, S., Lin, P. (2008) Underwater LEGO Robotics as the Vehicle to Engage Students in STEM: The BUILD IT Project’s First Year of Classroom Implementation. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008

McKay, M., McGrath, E., Brockway, D., Harmes, H., Hole, E., Janosz, D. (2008) Systems and Global Engineering: A Pilot Study for High School Students and Teachers. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008

Schultz, D., Lowes, S., McGrath, E., McKay, M., (2008) Engineering Our Future NJ: Guidance Counselors Mission Critical. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J., Hotaling, L., Stolkin, R. (2008). Build IT: Building Middle and High School Students’ Understanding of Engineering, Science and IT through Underwater Robotics. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008; 2008-781. 

McGrath, E., McKay, M., Schultz, D. (2008). Engineering Our Future NJ: Promoting Engineering in K-12 Schools through Professional Development, Policy Initiatives, and Partnerships. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008; 2008-665. 

McKay, M., Macalalag, A., Shields, C., Brockway, D., McGrath, E. (2008). Partnership to Improve Student Achievement through Real World Learning in Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Technology. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008; 2008-867.

Jain, R., Sheppard, K., McGrath, E., and Gallois, B. (2008). Promoting Systems Thinking in Engineering and Pre-Engineering Students. American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Proceedings, West Point, NY, March 2008.

McGrath, E., Hotaling, L, and McKay, M. (2007) Efforts to Promote Engineering in K-12 Schools in New Jersey: A Case Study of Recent Professional Development, Capacity-Building, Awareness-Building and Policy Initiatives. Presented at the K-12 Engineering Education seminar at the National Academy of Engineering.

Teachers’ comments and quotes illustrate their reaction to the programs:

“I cannot fully express how the Stevens underwater robotics program has changed our students. My students are excited with dreams and possibilities fueled by their new levels of confidence and focus. I have been able to introduce my students to a new world of goals and careers they never thought about or knew existed.  I thank you and your program for helping me help my students look toward new challenges.”

--Middle school science teacher, Camden, NJ

 “Once my students learned the engineering model, they began to apply it in different subjects and projects. The parents loved the project as well.”

— Elementary teacher

“My students loved trying something new. The (high school) project showed applications of math and science in the real world. The girls in the class really excelled in the boat project!”

— High school physics teacher

“We used this unit with gifted and talented students. It challenged them and they learned to collaborate and use creativity in solving a problem.”

— Curriculum supervisor (speaking of middle school unit)

“The (middle school) curriculum lends itself to the special education community – there is a great hands-on aspect of the project! Other students were asking why weren’t they doing the project.”

— Middle school science teacher

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering