The Outreach Design Education Program is primarily funded by an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA, 1R25GM142072). The programs described are used to answer research questions about how engineering design education impacts STEM learning, identity and persistence in underrepresented students. The specific aims of this research are:
We will use engineering design education to foster engineering identity, empower teachers with design thinking in their STEM instruction, and facilitate teacher-to-teacher instruction in engineering design. These activities, and the research findings that arise from them, will improve the STEM educational ecosystem for middle and high school students and teachers.