Sunday, December 18, 2016

[Yasmin_discussions] YASMIN discussion: how does STEAM change the way that science and enginering are taught ?


I will take the moderators prerogative and do an initial post for our discussion

One of the hot debates in STEM to STEAM is how STEAM approaches will
change the way that science, engineering and medecine are taught.
Scientists and Engineers are happy to promote the integration of
science and engineering
into the way that art and design are taught,
but few scientists and engineers think that they need to intragrate
art and design into the way they each.

Anne Balsamo , (
)our new dean at ATEC at UT Dallas has initiated a 'teach the
teachers' discussion.

Here is one of the faculty presentations a few weeks ago:

Karen Doore:
Curriculum Re-Design: Computer Science for ATEC Students Karen Doore
will present an overview of curriculum for CS programming-sequence
courses for ATEC and will include student projects showcasing top
student works. There are significant challenges and difficulties in
attempting to teach complex technical material to a diverse student
groups, particularly when many students question the premise that
these CS courses provide value for the effort that is required to
learn the course content. There are
current efforts to re-design curriculum for these courses. She is
looking for feedback and suggestions that can further guide the
curriculum re-design efforts.

About Karen Doore:
( you can find links there to her publications on computer science education )

Karen Doore is a Senior Lecturer and PhD Candidate in the Computer
Science Department at UT Dallas. Her research focus is Computer
Science Education, with an emphasis on curriculum design for
Non-Majors. She earned her BS in Material Science and Engineering from
the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and an MS in Computer
Science with a focus on Intelligent Systems from UT Dallas. She
currently teaches required CS programming-sequence courses for ATEC
students, and has been working for several years as part of the
re-design effort for the curriculum of these courses. Her new
curriculum has an enhanced focus on computational modeling, so that,
in addition to learning fundamental programming concepts, students
learn how to model dynamic, interactive systems. One goal of this
modeling focus is to provide students with skills to design,
communicate about, and implement dynamic interactive programs, such as
games, animations, and design tools

If any yasminers are involved in using STEAM to teach STEM subjects in
new ways, please tell us about it !

Roger Malina
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