Thoughts from the Chair

Just over one month, and counting down, to my favorite conference of the year. I hope that each of you has had a productive year and are excited to come and share what you have learned/done/thought about with the rest of the division. – Martha

2018 ASEE Annual Conference

Get Information about your P12 Program or Project Out at the P12 Booth in Salt Lake!

Do you have an engaging demonstration, talk, or quick presentation about P12 Engineering? Are you passionate about telling people how you engage students in P12 Engineering? Are you interested in getting information about your P12 project or program out to the broader ASEE community at the P12 Booth in the Exhibit Hall in Salt Lake, or just committing some time to help staff the P12 Booth?

If you answered yes to any of these questions please consider volunteering some of your time at the P12 Committee booth at the ASEE conference in June.

  • What are we asking PCEE Division members to do? How can you help? You can volunteer in two different ways.
  1. Present an engaging demonstration or share information about what you do for P12 Engineering Education in the exhibit hall booth.
  2. Spend time staffing the booth. When you do so, you have an opportunity to share your experiences, give away prizes, and brag about your programs to everyone!

Click this link to sign up for a time slot, noting whether you just want to staff the booth or if you have an activity/presentation/information to share. If you are sharing something, we have a template that we’d like you use. If it is filled out and emailed to Martha Cyr before June 1st, we will print and bring 20 color copies of it for distribution at the booth. If you miss that deadline, please bring your own color copies to the P12 Booth in the Exhibit Hall for us to distribute.

  • Why? To get the word out to ASEE members about what we are doing in the pre-college/P12 space and how we can do more in that space as an ASEE community.
  • Who is organizing this? The booth is organized by the Board of Directors Committee on P-12 Engineering Education, with collaboration from the PCEE Division to staff the booth.

PreK-12 Teacher Opportunities

5 FREE Southwest Airline Tickets to attend STEM Leadership Summit 
Five PreK-12 teachers who are members of the PCEE Division have until May 25th, this Friday, to receive a free airline ticket to attend the STEM Leadership Summit July 8-11 in Orlando at Universal Studios! 
If you are an active classroom teacher who is a member of the PCEE Division, consider applying to receive one of these free tickets. Teachers should fill out and return the application that can be found at this link by May 25th to alsbyers@gmail.com and then call to confirm receipt (571-643-3360). First come, first served.

NOTE: These airline tickets are not for session/panel presenters, but for active k12 teachers that can gain and add value by being part of the discussion and receive a designation as “ambassador” for their sponsored attendance (and also includes one night’s lodging, conference registration, and meals too!).


Opportunities

Journal of STEM Outreach

The second issue of the Journal of STEM Outreach has been published online at jstemoutreach.org. Please take a look, and plan your next article for issue 3. Manuscripts are due on June 1. Please let us know if you are planning to submit for issue 3.

If you are interested in submitting an article to Issue 3 of the Journal of STEM Outreach, contact Virginia Shepherd with a potential title. Deadline for Issue 3 is June 1st and it will come out on July 15th.


Special Issue “Computer Science and Engineering Education for Pre-collegiate Students and Teachers”

There are widespread areas to explore in both engineering education and computer science education. While computer science has roots in mathematics and is often seen as a branch of engineering, based on Johri and Olds’ Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research (2014) and Kadijevich, Angeli, and Schulte’s Improving Computer Science Education (2013), exploration of computer science and engineering education offers a rich field of study.

This Special Issue “Computer Science and Engineering Education for Pre-Collegiate Students and Teachers” is a mechanism to advance and capture the current conversation about computer science and engineering education in pre-collegiate schools—worldwide—by using current research studies in the area. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research methodologies are welcome for this special issue. A clear problem and research questions, appropriate theoretical framework, literature review, methodology and methods, analysis, conclusions, and limitations are expected for all submitted articles.

More information can be found at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/education/special_issues/Computer_Science_and_Engineering_Education

The deadline for manuscript submissions is Nov. 5th, 2018.

 NSBE Symposium– June 22-24

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is hosting a symposium for 100 Deans and Diversity Administrators of ABET-accredited engineering schools on June 22-24in Salt Lake City to share research and actionable institutional interventions, core strategies, and critical concepts for retaining underrepresented minorities in engineering bachelor’s degree programs. The symposium operationalizes the Deans’ Diversity Pledge.

The URM Engineering Student Success Symposium will be co-located with the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in Salt Lake City, Utah, where ASEE’s Engineering Dean’s Council also holds its annual meeting. MEPs from NAMEPA will be leading many of the workshops.

With the main audience as Deans of Engineering schools, we also welcome diversity administrators who attend as proxies for their school deans.

The main resource we will be using is the NSBE Student Retention Toolkit. The toolkit was developed in partnership with ASEE to address the problem of the declining percentage of African American engineering graduates by providing strategies for helping U.S. colleges and universities change the equation for engineering diversity within their institutions.

The Toolkit is available on Amazon. We will also have printed copies for sale at the Symposium.

To register, please go to  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urm-engineering-student-success-symposium-for-deans-diversity-administrators-tickets-44202570077

For questions, please contact Christopher Carr at ccarr@nsbe.org or Dr. Karl Reid at kreid@nsbe.org.


Day of Service – Saturday June 23rd

2018 ASEE Service Project Opportunity

In partnership with Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah, The Community Engagement Division (CED) is once again organizing a day of service on the Saturday before the ASEE Annual Conference for participants to actively learn about community engagement, give back to our host city, and have some fun with colleagues from around the country. In the past three years, we have helped construct a community garden in Seattle, build a playground in Baton Rouge, and adapted toys for differently abled children in Columbus.

This year, we are partnering with the Bennion Community Service Center to engage with the Salt Lake community on two projects, one indoors and one outdoors, you can choose which fits you best. Stay tuned for the exact details from our partners, which will be updated on the ASEE conference website as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us the Saturday before the conference, June 23rd from 124pm. The cost is only $24 with transportation and snacks included, and you can sign up through the ASEE conference website (link to service project registration) along with your general registration.

Thank you for considering adding this experience and stepping up to serve through what is sure to be a rewarding afternoon. Please invite your colleagues to join you and add this event to their ASEE calendars.

For more information and questions about the service project, contact Greg Rulifson (grulifson@mines.edu).


Job Postings

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER – TUFTS UNIVERSITY
(Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach)
The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar to work on studying teacher learning in K-12 engineering education. The initial appointment is for the academic year 2018-2019, renewable for up to two years total.
More at https://tufts.box.com/s/cip5h92zfsla95tr9pydecjpdjvn5e8a

 

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