March 2021 Newsletter

Topics of Interest for Readers

All Readers
Check out what an e4usa classroom is working on as semi-finalists for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow!
Take a peek at the reflections of students as they progress through an e4usa project, helping out the local TAAPs Treadmill program.
Read about an e4usa's student's intentions to major in engineering in college. 
Read how one of our first-year e4usa teachers reflects on their professional learning experience.
Research Interests?
e4usa team members will be presenting at two upcoming conferences. See the details here!
"I’m proud of the students for coming up with a solution to a problem and happy that they have gone through the engineering process rather independently. I truly feel that they are developing an understanding of the process.

-Dean Walczak
e4usa Teacher at Gifft Hill School in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands
e4usa School is a Semi-finalist for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow!
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Project matches up with multiple parts of the e4usa curriculum. The problem: opening and closing door knobs/handles in school moving from classroom to classroom. Solution: Using a sleeve covering the hands and applying UV-C light at the same time. This will disinfect the sleeve and doorknob/handle at the same time.

Watch their 3-minute video submission, submitted on March 21st, in order for consideration to move into the next stage of finalists. At this stage, the school will receive another $65,000 on top of the $15,000 that was received by just submitting the video for being a Semi-Finalist.  If this classroom becomes one of the last 3 finalists, the school will receive $135,000.  
We welcome all schools to learn more about this effort by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter here. As always, we appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have for our newsletter. Look for us on social media platforms with the hashtag #e4usa.
Project Spotlight
Projects in Unit 3 are getting started. This month we peak into journal entries by students at West Warwick High School about their experiences. Stay tuned to future newsletters for their continued progress on this project and others!
How would you describe your current project to someone not in your class?
"We are working on any problems that could be assessed and fixed with the TAAPs Treadmill program. The TAAPS program is made for students who have difficulty in operation abilities. This program allows them to practice and get better allowing them to be involved more socially. PE and recess can become a time to interact with other students than having to sit out." -e4usa Student

How do you feel working in student teams strengthens your work?
"I think it is extremely beneficial having people we can consult with and generate ideas with as well as build off each others' thoughts." -e4usa Student

Is there any advice you would give to a student group working on this project next year?
"I would tell them to always make sure you double-check your measurements so that your project is as accurate as possible. I would also tell them not to be afraid to tell your group some of the ideas that you have." -e4usa Student
"The course is a fun, interactive one that lets you think in a way you generally do not in any other class."

-e4usa Student
e4usa Student to Pursue Engineering at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Name: Mary Stuart Hornsby
e4usa High School: Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN

"This year, Mary Stuart enrolled in the e4usa course, which is designed to introduce students to engineering design principles through both individual and group projects. Her teacher, April Ross, has degrees in electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering. Ross says that Mary Stuart “came into the class with the understanding that engineering is a service-oriented profession.” This is evident in the projects Mary Stuart has selected this year.

Her group project involved designing a water filter that easily could be carried while hiking or camping. Using a 3D printer, her group designed a screw top filter that could fit on a water bottle. Through trial and error, they were able to use software to create the threads and build several prototypes. 

When the COVID-19 outbreak caused all of us to be aware of the surfaces we were touching, Mary Stuart produced a stopper that fits in a door frame to keep the door from latching so that one could use a foot to open the door. The stopper can easily be removed when the door needs to be locked.

Mary Stuart will attend the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga next year and has been accepted into the engineering school. With future plans of being a mechanical engineer, she has a bright future ahead, where she can continue to create products to help us all."
Hear more about Mary
"e4usa provided me with a broader perspective on the field of engineering, which in turn, has made me think about our engineering classes for a wider range of students. Experiencing, first-hand, the design process was particularly helpful in understanding the various strengths that are needed that a variety of people, collectively, provide to the process. As we move into course selection this spring, my knowledge from e4usa last summer, will spur more conversations about our STEM and engineering classes with all students, not just the strong math kids."

-Lisa Genovese
e4usa Counselor at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
New e4usa Teacher Interview
Name: Dean Walczak
e4usa High School: Gifft Hill School in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Tell us a bit about your high school. 
"Gifft Hill is a private school located on the island of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It currently serves an economically, culturally and ethnically diverse population of around 150 students.  Started in the 1980’s it has grown from an elementary program to include the secondary level.  Many of the students move on to further education past the secondary level."

Could you tell us a little bit about your professional learning experience so far?
"I have grown in my practice and my perspective so far.  The experience has come with challenges in reaching the students and getting them to follow procedures and protocols, but I like the systemic way that the material has been presented and feel that the students are able to understand the process."
Hear more from Dean
e4usa Team Upcoming Research Presentations
  • NARST (National Association of Research in Science Teaching) 
    • April 10th, 9:45pm EDT
      • Carberry, A.R., Dalal, M., Nagda, M., & McCarthy, B.. Expanding the STEM teacher pool: A history teacher’s experience teaching a high school engineering course.
  • AERA (American Educational Research Association)
    • April 9, 10:40 to 11:40am EDT
      • Emiola-Owolabi, O., Dalal, M., & Ladeji-Osias. High school teachers' conceptualizations of engineering teaching.
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