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ENE Memo: December 5, 2011

News and Information:12/5

Welcome, Nathan (Nate) Thomas 

Please drop by and say hi to Nate, who joined the FYE Academic Advisory team on December 1. Welcome aboard, Nathan!

Condolences to Becky Fry

Our condolences to Becky Fry, whose mother passed away on December 3. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home in Terre Haute.

PLEASE NOTE: Adverse Winter Weather Procedures

Should adverse weather conditions necessitate that a Wind Chill Emergency or a Snow or Ice Emergency be declared for the West Lafayette Campus, special procedures pertaining to operations, parking, pay, and/or attendance will become effective. The following definitions and procedures are in accordance with Purdue University Adverse Weather Conditions policy IV.A.6 - dated November 1, 2011.

2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit

This summit builds on the strength of a growing community of P-12 Engineering and Design Researchers and provides (a) a forum for discussion for researchers in the new field of P-12 engineering education and (b) mentoring for newcomers and Ph.D. students.

Theme: iSTEM – Integration of Engineering into other STEM fields
Location: Washington D.C., Washington Plaza Hotel
Date: April 26th-28th ( we are an official pre-conference to the 2nd US Science and Engineering Festival)

Submission deadline (abstracts of 500 words): January 5th 2012

Registration: There will be no registration cost. Accommodations and travel will be paid by participants. Food is provided.
The conference is open for all authors of accepted papers. Participants without paper will be accepted based on space.

Proceedings: Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

Doctoral consortium: Up to 10 Ph.D. students will be accepted for a structured mentorship session (April 26th - full day) in which they can present their research in planning and receive feedback from mentors (see the section on the web-site for details)

The summit is research focused. We interpret research very broadly acknowledging that there is a wide range of frameworks, methodological and methods. We recognize that there is a spectrum of people engaged in P-12 Engineering and Design Education research: Newcomers, seasoned researchers and everybody in between are invited.

Papers are invited in the following areas (not exclusive):

  • Science and Engineering (building on the new 2011 National Science Standards Framework)
  • Learner and Teachers' Progression in Engineering/Design Education
  • What's the impact? Efficacy of Infusing Engineering into P-12
  • Use and Development of Instruments to Assess and Research Engineering in P-12
  • International comparisons and cross-cultural studies
  • Concepts and contexts for P-12 Engineering and Technology Education
  • Fostering human development through engineering and technology education
  • Submissions on other areas of P-12 Engineering and Design Education are explicitly welcome as well.

On behalf of the primary organizers:
INSPIRE, Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning, Purdue University
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, Utah State University

and with support by the organizing committee:

  • Center for STEM Education Research, Hofstra University
  • INSPIRES, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, Tufts University
  • T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University
  • Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Museum of Science, National Center for Technological Literacy, Boston
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Engineering Education
  • International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
  • Center for Science Education, Portland State University

We hope to see you in Washington D.C. April 26-28.

Johannes Strobel, Co-Host, INSPIRE, Purdue University
Kurt Becker, Co-Host, NCETE, Utah State University

Purdue WorkLife Program

The WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks focus on stress management, a timely topic during the hectic holiday season.

Calendar: 12/5

  • Mon, Dec 12: Presentation of "What Is Engineering Education?" videos (ENE 502), ARMS 1028, 1pm
  • Fri, Dec 16: Presentation of Industry Research Proposals, ARMS 3109, 1:30-3:30pm 
  • Fri/Mon, Dec. 23, 26: Purdue holiday
  • Fri/Mon, Dec 30, Jan 2: Purdue holiday

Spring 2012

National or Independence Days around the World

  • Dec  6 - Finland - Independence Day
  • Dec  9 - Tanzania - Independence Day
  • Dec 11 - Burkina Faso (formally Upper Volta) - Republic

Kudos: 12/5 Bill Oakes for his leadership with EPICS High, which won the Judges' Award in the national competition Partnering For Excellence: Innovations In Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Education. The competition, hosted by Carnegie Corp. of New York, The Opportunity Equation and Ashoka Changemakers, honored programs that identify creative ways to engage students, particularly in high-need communities, in STEM learning. Robin Adams on publication of a paper entitled "Being A Professional: Three Lenses Into Design Thinking, Acting, And Being" in Design Studies 32(6), pp 588-607 with co-authors Shanna Daly (ENE PhD alum), Llewellyn Mann (ENE Post-Doc alum) and Gloria Dall'Alba (UQ).   

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