Of the thirty projected fastest-growing occupations through 2016, sixteen of them require substantial mathematics or science prepration. The Texas economy relies heavily on the energy, biomedical, space/electronics systems, and chemical industries, all of which require workers with strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.
Recent studies show that design-based teaching of science concepts results in superior student knowledge gain, engagement, and retention compared to scripted-inquiry teaching.
Rice University and the UTMB-Galveston Southeast Regional Texas STEM Center propose a two-year program to provide 45 teachers with the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to guide students through engineering design problems that integrate science and mathematics concepts and meet the new engineering TEKS standard.
Following the Rice Engineering Design Experience, participants will be able to: