1. Todd Kelley
  2. Dr
  4. Purdue University
  1. Jeffrey Holland
  2. Dr.
  4. Purdue University


NSF Awards: 1513248

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

The video will introduce the TRAILS's approach and outcomes from the first-year project implementation. TRAILS created a model of integrative STEM instruction and teacher professional development to enhance student learning of STEM content while generating interest in STEM careers. TRAILS seeks to increase STEM self-efficacy within science and technology teachers and advance students’ learning of STEM content at schools in rural settings. TRAILS use engineering design as a STEM subject integrator, providing an authentic learning context to promote 21st century skills, and motivate students to pursue STEM careers. The TRAILS model blends scientific inquiry and engineering design to teach common STEM practices and STEM habits of mind. The TRAILS project leverages the use of innovative tools such as additive technology, 3D scanning technology, and parametric modeling software allowing students to design and test innovative design solutions. The video includes various interviews and outcomes of the in-class design project.

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