to Engineering Science: Teaching Teachers
President George W. Bush has begun a National Science Foundation
initiative called Bridges to Engineering Education
to increase the number of students entering engineering fields.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has received a $100,000
planning grant to design a coordinated, comprehensive program to
increase the number of students entering engineering fields in targeted
Tennessee/Georgia areas. By working with educators of K-12 students
to build interest in these areas, school systems in counties surrounding
Hamilton County will be among the first to participate. Bridges
to Engineering Science: Teaching Teachers (B.E.S.T.T.),
has as its goals:
- To work with K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers in the College
of Education, education faculty, College of Engineering faculty
and students and the UTC Challenger Center to develop high quality,
self contained, apparatus-based engineering science experiments
and curriculum units.
- To have the proposed curriculum meet National, Tennessee and
Georgia Science and Math Educational Standards.
- To place special emphasis on targeting the inclusion of those
currently under-represented in engineering.
- To conduct assessment at all stages of the project. It is hoped
that this initiative will facilitate building lasting connections
and interactions between UTC and the local school systems.
No resources will be required of the school systems at any phase
of the project. Funds from the National Science Foundation are included
in the current planning phase, and funds will be included in the
implementation grant proposal to the NSF that will include compensation
to school systems to facilitate input. Funds will be requested to
support systems' efforts in designing the educational units, to
provide training for teachers and to provide the completed units
to the local systems once teacher training has been completed. This
no-cost participation will remain unchanged through the period of
UTC is asking for support in this curriculum development initiative
from school system personnel willing to partner in creating a program
that will allow a system principal investigator or lead teacher
to participate in the development of curriculum ideas.
For more information, please call: Thomas L. Patty, Director of
the UTC Challenger Center, (423) 425-4126.