This project explores the use of cyberinfrastructure to significantly enhance the delivery and quality of professional development for grades 8-12 engineering, technology, and design educators. The goal of the project is to study whether the use of highly interactive cyberinfrastructure increases the educator's teaching competencies and how to effectively teach. Student achievement is measured by comparing state assessments in: the curriculum's technology, engineering, and design assessment, end-of-grade mathematics assessment, and end-of-grade science assessment.
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Dr. Aaron C. Clark, DTE Aaron C. Clark is a Professor of Technology, Design, and Engineering Education within the College of Education and is the Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Technology and earned his doctoral degree in Technology Education. Dr. Clark has worked in both industry and education, including administration at the regional college level. He lived and worked in Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland before coming to North Carolina. His teaching specialties are in visual theory, 3-D modeling, technical animation, and STEM-based pedagogy. Research areas include graphics education, game art and design, and scientific/technical visualization. He presents and publishes in both technical/technology education and engineering. He has been and continues to be a Principle Investigator on a variety of grants related to visualization and education and has focused his research in areas related to STEM curricula integration. Dr. Clark has been a member of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) since 1995; and has served in leadership roles and on committees for the Division since that time, as well as for the K-12 Outreach Division. He has also served in various leadership roles in disciplines related to Career and Technical Education. Dr. Clark is recognized as a Distinguished Technology Educator by the International Technology Engineering Education Association. He currently consults to a variety of businesses, educational agencies and organizations.