Department Colloquium: 3 PM in 103A Walker Hall on Friday
Using Engineering Contexts to Teach Mathematics
Premkumar Pugalenthi, UNC-Charlotte
In the competitive world, America's’ future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians must be prepared to remain effective and efficient through re-energized attention to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. A biggest challenge in K-12 STEM education is that few general guidelines or models exist for teachers to follow for how to teach using STEM. In this talk, we will explore the initial findings of design research based study that attempts to contribute to the ongoing dialogue regarding the efficacy of genuine STEM integration. Specifically, this research explores the process of design and implementation of a learning trajectory that attempts to integrate mathematics and engineering in an authentic manner to evoke STEM practices more generally. Our goal is to explore the feasibility of using engineering contexts to teach mathematics and develop a conceptual framework for genuine STEM integration.