Slide 1 - Education Open Source


Feb 21, 2013 (5 years and 4 months ago)


Establishing engineering habits of the mind

Key Partners

Ace Mentor Program of America

features mentoring opportunities for K
12 schools with architects, engineers and construction managers

Bentley Systems

developers of engineering, design, and CAD software for the GIS, civil, mechanical, plant, and building industries


is a cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation

Cengage Learning
delivers highly
customized learning solutions for universities, instructors, students

Canon Campus Solution
is the ideal large
format visual communicator for Academic Programs

Discovery Channel
featuring Extreme Engineering. A documentary featuring some of the most amazing engineering projects every attempted

Energy Concepts, Inc
offers real
world technical training systems that provide actual work skills.


is the maker of ArchiCAD, a 3D architectural design software with sophisticated 2D drawing and layout functions for architect

Great Lakes Press

publisher of Engineering Your Future and other resources for elementary school to college, introducing students to engineerin

HAAS Technical Education Center

a network of technical education training centers focused on improving machining performance

Gears Educational Systems

featuring CAD modeling projects

is a specialist in the domain of engineering solutions, services and technologies

developer of user
friendly computer
based training for SolidWorks

SolidWorks Corp
developers of 3D CAD design, analysis and product data management software.

Ten80 Education

featuring Engineers, Scientists & Educators combining innovative K
12 educators with STEM

The Home Depot

the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer

STEM Education Crisis:

“STEM education in the United States is woefully inadequate for the future of our nation. It is insufficient to produce
a robust field of opportunity for our children. Concerns about the nations innovative capacity in light of our current
economic crisis should focus even more attention on the importance of student engagement with STEM subjects. It is
the girls and boys in elementary school today which will drive our economic engine of tomorrow. If more of our young
people aren’t provided the opportunity to develop interest and skills in these subjects we may not be able to sustain
our quality of life or address the great challenges of our times”.

Chuck Vest

President of National Academy of Engineering


the National Academy of Engineering Message

Top 10 Highlights:

The STEM Academy is an applied for (501c3 Not for Profit)

Qualifies for ARRA Funding

True STEM Education for K
12 (Developed by Educators for Education)

Maps to National Standards *(ITEA, ABET, NSTA, NCTM)

Articulation with leading universities

Financially viable model for program long
term sustainability

Engages all learners not just the top 10
15% as juniors or seniors

Student certification (industry + software)

Industry standard engineering software featuring green + sustainable design


Student assessment engine + course content delivery available electronically

International Technology Education Association

ABET = Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

NSTA = National Science Teachers Association

NCTM = National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Anchor Technologies

Industry Standard Engineering Software:

Jobs listing software knowledge as a pre
requisite or preference 1.5.2010:







Civil 3D





The CAD Academy presents
6X the number of engineering jobs
when compared to Autodesk

Development TEAM

The STEM Academy is developed by educators for education.
This program was designed to prepares students to be
competent, capable citizens in a technology
dependant society through comprehensive student assessments including traditional
tests, project based learning presentations and portfolios. This STEM centric program is focused on standard based foundation
gender awareness, socio
economic concerns and general learner needs to engage as many learners as possible.

The STEM Academy
develops the engineering pipeline by featuring a main line education approach, providing STEM education for all students.

Development TEAM

Our development team consists of 22 professional educators from the
fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics who
worked together with researchers and college level staff to design a
comprehensive K
12 program that is also linked to post secondary
educational institutions. All of our course content and materials has
been created and approved by our development team of professional
educators. Teachers and students use the same tools utilized by
industry professionals in engineering design, civil engineering and
architecture, robotics, electronics, material science and bio

Program Director:
Dr. Alan Gomez

is currently an Engineering Instructor and CTE
coordinator in the Sun Prairie Area School District, and lecturer at the University of
Wisconsin in the College of Engineering. Dr. Gomez has been a reviewer for the ASEE
conference proceedings and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gomez recently sat
on the National Academy of Engineering’s committee that was charged with
"Understanding and Improving K
12 Engineering Education in the United States".

The STEM Academy was built by teachers, for teachers. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teachers worked together wit
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and college level staff to design a comprehensive 6
12 program that is also linked to post secondary educational institutions.

Sunshine Buchholz

is an Environmental Education Specialist with the Wisconsin Center for Environmental

Education (WCEE) and is the Wisconsin Environmental Science Teacher Network Coordinator. She has overseen the

creation and development of the Network since its start in 2006. In addition to her work with the Network,

Sunshine coordinates EE in Wisconsin and the Governor's High School Conference on the Environment. Prior to this

position, Sunshine was an Education Specialist with the Wisconsin K
12 Forestry Education Program (LEAF) for five


Brian Lien
is currently an Engineering and technology teacher at Princeton high school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brian has taught since 1983 in three different districts including four years in Wuerzburg, Germany. Brian has

received many awards including the 2008 Ohio Technology Education Association teacher of the year and 2008

ITEA teacher of the year.

Carolyn Guzman
is currently a Mathematics teacher at Winter High School in Oviedo, Florida. Carolyn has a

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from von der Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Silas Bernardoni
is a graduate student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

Silas helped established the XO laptop pilot program called the Southdale Kids Club Day Camp developed to

introduce under Represented Minority children to the world of computers. The XO laptop program was

initiated by faculty of MIT.

Development Team

Andrea Uher
is a Technology and Engineering Education Teacher in the Sun Prairie Area School District. She is a

Graduate of the University of Wisconsin
Stout with a PreK
12 Technology Education Degree. Andrea is currently

teaching Solidworks her 6

grade students. She is an advisor of a Skills USA chapter, has coached track and advised

Student Council.

Dan Wray
has over twenty years of science education. Dan has established and administrated several new

programs as well as spent many years as a traditional teacher in the classic settings of high school and middle


Though he loves the concepts and ideas of the life sciences, it is his greatest thrill to work with

school students.

Melissa Rickert
is an Outreach Specialist, KEEP. Current Projects: Developing materials for the school building energy

efficiency education course; KEEP course follow up to assess teacher action/unit plans; Marketing and Public Relation

s for KEEP; Developing and Energy Educator of the Year Award program . Work Highlights include: Peace Corp

volunteer, Environmental Educator; Americorps Volunteer.

Pete McConnell
is currently an Engineering instructor and department head at Merrill High School in Wisconsin.

Pete has been teaching since 1980 and is the President
Elect of the Wisconsin Technology Education Association.

Scott Gutschow
is currently a Technology and Engineering Education instructor in the Howard Suamico School

District in Wisconsin. Scott has been teaching for over 14 years and has extensive experience and development of

line assembly including improvements and modification to production processes.

Development Team

Licia Kovach
is a Science instructional specialist from an all
girls school in Shaker Heights, OH called Laurel School.

Licia has extensive background in science, chemistry and introductory engineering education.

Chris Neff
is a Technology & Engineering Instructor at Sun Prairie High School in Wisconsin. Chris received his

masters degree from the University of Wisconsin
Stout . His research focused on grading with an emphasis on

standards based grading strategies.

Eamon Bernardoni
is an undergraduate in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin. He is

currently a Student Assistant for the Introduction to Engineering course for freshman students in the college of


Kevin Sukow
is currently teaching Technology & Engineering in the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Kevin has developed

coursework for introductory engineering courses for high school freshman and fabrication courses for juniors and


Allan Miller
has spent the past 20 years working as an educator and administrator throughout Alaska, teaching

science at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Allan has also worked for the National Science Foundation,

helping coordinate K
12 outreach efforts connected with the International Polar Year.

Steve Knudsen
is a teacher of physics and chemistry at Newman Catholic High School in Wausau, WI. Steve

received a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and Masters degree in energy

analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin

Development Team

Dr. Robert Wicklein
serves as Principal Investigator for the NCETE UGA site. He has extensive experience in

designing and developing instructional materials for technology education and is recognized as a national leader

in that field. His primary research focus applies directly to the design of appropriate technological solutions for

sustainable development. He has published studies related to mental processes used by technologists in

problem solving and is currently principal investigator for an NSF

Bridges for Engineering Education grant.

Dr. Stacey Neuharth
is associate editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education for the

Association for Childhood Education International. Dr. Neuharth
Pritchett belongs to the Applied Cognition and

Development Program in Educational Psychology and is a Fellow in the Institute for Behavioral Research at UGA.

Pritchett teaches courses in educational research methodology, applied educational measurement and

leads seminars on psychological issues for young children placed at risk.

Dr. Alan Gomez
is currently an Engineering Instructor and CTE coordinator in the Sun Prairie Area School District,

and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin in the College of Engineering. Dr. Gomez has been a reviewer for the

ASEE conference proceedings and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gomez recently sat on the National

Academy of Engineering’s committee that was charged with “Understanding and Improving K
12 Engineering

Education in the United States”.

Development Team


The STEM Academy offers a series of courses including discovery based courses at the middle school level, broad
mainline education courses in the high school, and specific advanced courses at the high school/college level. The
STEM Academy also offers instructor professional development training on site or at regional locations. Follow up
sessions are scheduled monthly via webinar for all affiliated schools. Experts in each area of the STEM Academy
are also on call to assist instructors with their needs.


The STEM Academy is designed for easy implementation in all educational settings including but not limited to:

Public and private K
12 educational institutions

Post secondary institutions including, community colleges, technical colleges and universities

Charter schools, public and private

Online schooling and home schooling

Private business training facilities

Camps, clubs and informal educational settings

Correctional facility education programs


The goal was simple. Design an easy to implement series of courses that were linked to standards, satisfied the goals
of true "de
siloed" STEM education and all at an affordable price. Continuous improvement of course content and
research on the impacts of STEM education were governing principles while developing the STEM Academy.

The STEM Academy was designed to prepare students to be competent, capable citizens in a technology
society through comprehensive student assessments including traditional tests, project based learning presentations
and portfolios. This STEM centric program is focused on standard based foundations, gender awareness, socio
economic concerns and general learner needs to engage as many learners as possible. Program develops engineering
pipeline by featuring a main line education approach providing STEM education for all students.

Data driven research component:

The STEM academy is focused on the
continuous improvement process. Courses in
the STEM academy were specifically designed
to provide relevant and valid statistical data.

This data can be utilized to improve coursework
and the student experience as well as provide
information to researchers who will examine
the learning process in detail.

Middle School Program

Teachers will find themselves at the center
of this curriculum delivery while still being
provided plenty of activities, resources,
and technological tools to support student
and educator creativity.

Sound assessment strategies, reference
resources, as well as instructional
strategies for tools materials and processes
exist to deliver this curriculum almost


Discovering STEM

In this course students will be introduced to basic STEM concepts. Students will take part in an activity from each
STEM area with culminating activities that put their STEM skills to the test. Students will enjoy hands on minds on
approach to learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Each activity is designed to give the teacher
flexibility of delivery and in material choice.


Designing with STEM

This seventh grade STEM curriculum is packed with all the tools to excite students and instructors alike!
Designing with STEM introduces educators and students to the fun and powerful tools of designing and
problem solving. The activities and academic applications engage the learner to embrace Science, Math,
Engineering, and Technology while they examine each of the integral steps of critical design and problem

Photo Credit: John Fontecchio


Investigating STEM Skills

The purpose Investigating STEM Skills is integrating the design skills and introductory STEM ideas from the
discovering and designing courses. Investigating STEM Skills was designed with an 18 week semester instructional
schedule in mind. The activities are intended to highlight the three primary elements of manufacturing: tools,
materials and processes

High School Program Overview:

A robust series of Ten courses that engage
the mind as well as the hand. STEM based
courses are designed around national
Science, Technology, Engineering (ABET)
and Math Standards.

Course materials include: Objectives,
Teacher preparation, content outlines,
Learning Activities, Case Studies,,
Resources, PowerPoint's and Online

Introduction to Engineering

This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering for all students.

Students who complete this
course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will
improve our lives.

Engineering Technology

Students build skills for success through, research, experiments, and challenges that incorporate
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. Engineering Technology introduces
students to a variety of different technologies.

3D Solid Modeling

Learning 3D design is an interactive process. Students learn best when they can explore the practical
applications of the concepts that they learn. This STEM course has many activities and exercises that
enable students to put design concepts into practice.

Ideas become reality in this course.

General Fabrication Methods

This course is a general introduction to fabrication practices that every student should know and be
able to do.

Procedures and projects in this course are simple and easy to do for all students.

methods that will be introduced will be applicable to advanced courses in the STEM academy, and
everyday home living.

Sustainability Methods

This course is a general introduction to sustainability and renewable energy.

Often as individuals we
do not understand the impact of simple choices we make every day.

This course will attempt to offer
insight into these and other decisions we make.

Major topics in this STEM based course are food,
shelter, water, air, energy, waste, transportation and consumerism.

Design for Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing teaches general manufacturing techniques.

Calculations and analysis tools
are used to design and redesign student’s concepts.

This course applies and integrates ideas that have
been generated in other courses and generates life size models and prototypes.

Architecture featuring Green Building + Sustainable Design

Architecture is more than just walls around us.

Students will be introduced to a variety of concepts
including green building and sustainable design in architecture.

Materials Science

This course appeals to a wide range of students with its unique combination of science, ingenuity,
creativity, and exciting hands
on labs. The basic principles of physics, chemistry and biology are used
in the study of materials

Foundations in Biotechnology

This STEM based course explores the world of biotechnology including the basics of microbiology,

processing, generic engineering, and biotechnology careers as well as examining the role of
biotechnology in the medical field.

Principles of Engineering

This STEM course makes a contribution to the curriculum by providing opportunities for students and
teachers to link content together and apply it to solve problems.

More and more jobs demand
advanced skills, requiring that people be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and
solve problems. An understanding of STEM and their methods contribute in an essential way to these

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Sponsors enable us to make a difference in the academic performance as it relates to
STEM education for inner
city schools where financial short falls in many instances
prohibit the procurement of a world
class academic education program like The STEM
Academy. If your organization is ready to make a difference in the lives of students and
the dedicated teachers in your area please consider sponsoring The STEM Academy.