CIESE: Creating the Next Generation ofEngineers and Innovators
CIESE Mission1988-2008 To motivate and support educators and students to pursue and succeed in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) study and careers through innovative, research-based instructional strategies and use of novel technologies.
CIESE FocusEngaging students in higher-order thinking, authentic problems, 21st century skills through:Use of software in middle and high school mathematicsInternet-based real time data in science and mathematicsK-12 engineering curricula
Program and CapabilitiesCurriculum developmentTeacher professional developmentEducation research (how students learn STEM)Student programsResearch & Innovation in Engineering Education (faculty initiative)
Impact19,000 K-12 educators (NJ, NY, AZ, OH, FL)International programs and collaborations; model for geographically-distributed programs~9 million students238 community college faculty at 41 institutions in 21 states100,000 students from 35 countries annually participate in online projects
Unique and CompellingInternet-based real time data and global telecollaboration provides opportunities for students to engage in critical thinking, application of learning, use of 21st century skills, in the context of authentic, real-world problems.
UniqueCannot be done without Internet technologyCompellingProvides students with real world learning experiences
Use of Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century LearningReal time data (e.g., Earthquakes)Telecollaborative projects (e.g., International Boiling Point Project)Primary Source data (e.g., Historic Photos Google Earth)Student Publishing (e.g., Lab reports)100,000 students use online projects
ExamplesInternational Boiling Point Project
External EvaluationsHarcourt Student Impact Study:
86% of classrooms showed noteworthy gains in science and mathematics learning objectives
External EvaluationsETS Teacher Study:-less time lecturing-more comfortable with small group activities-more cooperative learning-better instruction for different learning styles-better teacher of problem-solving skills-better able to present complex materials