Through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, the NSF awarded a team of researchers a grant to design and implement a program for high school students in Career and Technical Education. This program is currently being implemented at the Bryan Independent School District in Bryan, Texas.
“This project will prepare students for the current and future digital economy,” said Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam. “The future of work favors individuals who are flexible and innovative with a holistic understanding of a range of technologies.”
The study’s goal is to prepare students for a digitally forward future. Using the horizontal approach to learning through integration of knowledge, students will focus on practical learning and gaining relevant skills. Researchers will monitor students throughout the program to determine the impact of this learning experience.
“This project will prepare students for the current and future digital economy.”
During the first year, students will focus on learning operational knowledge such as digital fabrication, microprocessor electronics andprogramming, as well as tactical processes such as production and manufacturing. The second year will focus on production and deployment cycles leading to design. A part of this process is engaging in real-life scenarios with local schools and businesses to implement these lessons.
Once completed, the research team will test the program’s effectiveness by testing and analyzing several different aspects of the program. The team hopes to show the strengths of a technology-based program.
Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam
- Associate Professor