|Chi siamo||Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) is to employ an interdisciplinary research approach to generate knowledge.|
|Missione||The mission of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) is to employ an interdisciplinary research approach to generate knowledge that will support improved STEM education at all levels — from Kindergarten through Faculty. CASTLE research and innovation will serve as the foundation for the Center’s work with the primary stakeholders: faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, future teachers, and K-12 students. CASTLE will become an international leader in supporting inquiry-oriented STEM instruction through research, outreach and dissemination that directly impacts the university, our local schools, and national discourse in STEM education and improvement.|
AREAS OF RESEARCH
One way to address recruitment and retention in STEM disciplines is through programs that link K-12 and university contexts, such as those that involve graduate or undergraduate students mentoring middle or high school students. Such programs have multiple benefits, such as: modeling, building relationships, providing resources, and demonstrating pathways to higher education.
CASTLE will develop and research such efforts, focusing initially on three interleaved thrust areas that have emerged over the past decade as areas of research focus at Drexel: Technology-Mediated Educational Environments, Authentic STEM Learning Experiences, and Mentoring as a Learning Process. These thrust areas will form the knowledge basis of CASTLE. The Center will seek both to enhance our efforts in these areas and to catalyze bridging and integration of our collective work in these areas – both across disciplines and across phases of the educational spectrum. In these thrust areas, we also plan to study whether existing and newly developed programs specifically improve the achievement and retention of URMs. Additionally, some of our planned approaches will support STEM learning for those not formally trained in a STEM discipline in an effort to promote greater public understanding of STEM concepts. Ultimately, CASTLE will advance national impact through the development of model programs, the study of program designs, the dissemination of models and best practices and development of a professional community of practice around such efforts to improve STEM education across the educational spectrum.
CASTLE’s research projects are interdisciplinary by necessity, as they focus on understanding the similarities and differences in effective learning environments across the STEM disciplines and the educational spectrum. Projects will use existing and newly developed testbeds as the methodology base to identify scalable and sustainable models of effective STEM e
|Premi||Howard Hughes Medical Institute UTeach Grant|
LOCKHEED MARTIN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Drexel University and Lockheed Martin are working together to nurture the engineering students who show an acuity for leadership. The corporation is partnering with the University’s College of Engineering to create the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Program, a track of courses, activities, mentoring and experiences designed to help students identify and develop their leadership abilities.
Providing Drexel engineering students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they progress through their undergraduate curriculum is not only worthwhile but necessary,” said Joseph Hughes, PhD, dean of Drexel’s College of Engineering. “These future engineers will be solving tomorrow’s problems. With our partner, Lockheed Martin, we have developed a program that supports students in acquiring a best-practices skill set in leadership that will continually serve them as they progress in their careers.
DragonsTeach is a new Drexel University program designed to address the national need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers by offering STEM majors the opportunity to experience secondary teaching and obtain secondary teaching certification alongside their STEM major. Through active recruitment; a compact, research-based instructional program; and intensive experiences working with master teachers in local schools, DragonsTeach will break down the traditional barriers that prevent STEM students from obtaining teaching certification.
DragonsTeach is a collaborative effort of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education and is supported by a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to replicate the UTeach program. UTeach universities, expected to number 45 by 2015, will produce more than 9,000 new teachers by 2020, contributing to the national goal of 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.