Sierra College was awarded a $150,000 grant in May 2010 from the National Science Foundation (NSF – nsf.gov) to expand its Tech-Explorer program, which enhances learning through hands-on project-based laboratory experiences. The grant funds will be used to develop and test the impact of integrating mathematics curriculum into the building of a catapult.
The NSF supports excellence in science and engineering education and has a goal to advance the frontiers of knowledge and cultivate a world-class science and engineering workforce.
The NSF grant #1003259 Department of Undergraduate Education “Tech-Explorer: Engaging Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education and Career Pathways” will enable Sierra College to enhance its efforts using the Tech-Exploreer Catapult Project in two significant ways;
- Further development, integration, and testing of mathematics lessons into the Tech-Explorer catapult building project. Two instructional modules will be created that are connected to California education content standards. Student learning and retention will then be evaluated.
- Sierra will host an in-service summer institute for teachers to gain knowledge of how to teach project-based learning. This institute will be open to all instructors throughout the region from middle school, high school and community college.
Principal Investigators: Michael Kane, Associate Dean, Science & Mathematics, Sierra College and Sandra Scott, Educational Consultant 916-871-2308.
Press Releases: #049 Sierra College – NSF grant teaches applied math 12.6.12
Grant Abstract: Sierra School Works Tech-Explorer NSF 2010 Grant Short abstract
Sierra College Proposal for Tech-Explorer: Engaging Students in Science, Technology, Enegineering and Math (STEM) Education and Careers
Movies: Tech-Explorer catapult building introduces STEM careers, Sierra College NSF Tech-Explorer teaches applied Math & inspires STEM Careers and Instructions to build the Tech-Explorer Manual Catapult developed by Sierra STEM
Find Tech-Explorer Catapult Lessons under SierraSchoolWorks Curriculum – Projects.
Read the final report summary. Sierra College NSF Tech-Explorer Project Outcomes 1