Penn State University has hosted an NSF-sponsored GK-12 Outreach project for the past five years, and has just begun the second phase of the project. The Penn State project utilizes the talents of many science and engineering graduate students as teachers, mentors and role models for the K-12 classrooms. The project focuses on developing skills of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of Advanced Transportation Technologies. A new project component was devised and implemented-the interaction of K-12 students with college freshman via a website project. The college freshmen were asked to create a website describing a component of "Clean Energy", which was to include an assessment tool to provide feedback on their website. When possible, the college freshmen were encouraged to use active learning and inquiry-based learning concepts. This was encouraged so that the college freshman had an opportunity to practice developing scientific inquiry as a skill through a presentation, and provided the K-12 classroom students a unique opportunity to learn through inquiry. The K-12 students were invited to participate in the research by reviewing and critiquing these websites through feedback via the website to the college freshman. The feedback could take many forms, including specific comments and critique along with a creative assessment tool that the college freshman decided to present with their subject materials. This paper will review the educational outcomes garnered by the students, and provide feedback and analysis from the K-12 and college freshman participants.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
|Event||2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States|
Duration: Jun 12 2005 → Jun 15 2005
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