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As part of a NSF project, Wise Guys & Gals—Boys and Girls as WISEngineering STEM Learners, we have a developed an open-source learning environment, WISEngineering, as well as 15 STEM activities in the environment that feature engineering design and STEM careers. The activities have a virtual component, hands-on construction, and reflection following testing and evaluation of the STEM design projects. WISEngineering is accessible from computers and tablets and has many attractive features for learners as well as for facilitators. A link shows the range of activities and many embedded features of the environment, https://wgg3.hofstra.edu/portal/pages/index.php. WiSEngineering and WGG are open source and freely available for others to adopt or adapt. Some other highlights/features: The materials are inexpensive and easily available; designed for middle school grade level, they could be used by upper elementary and early high school; included is a social networking-like feature that allows for sharing of pictures and videos about the activity; the activities are designed to make engineering design activities easily available for informal learning environments; the activities are fun and engaging for youth, and do not require a STEM trained facilitator to implement them because of the robust virtual professional development support structure.
Dr. M. David Burghardt is Professor Engineering and Co-director of the Center for STEM Research, which he created in 1990. He has published twelve text books in engineering and engineering/technology education and is the author of numerous papers. He created and teaches a course in Children’s Engineering in the MA in STEM and created and directs the BA in STEM for elementary school teachers at Hofstra. He has been the PI or co-PI on many NSF projects and is currently the PI on Wise Guys & Gals—Boys & Girls as WISEngineering STEM Learners (WGG) (NSF 1422436). He is former Chair of Engineering and the former Chair of Computer Science at Hofstra University. His current research interests are broadly on interconnected STEM and more specifically on applying engineering design as pedagogical strategy in formal and informal learning environments.
Dr. Xiang Fu obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. His research lies in the general area of software engineering, with an emphasis on automated verification and testing. The purpose of his research is to develop theories and techniques for verifying and validating the functionality, reliability, and security of software systems. His interests include but are not limited to model checking, symbolic execution, realizability analysis, predicate abstraction, automated testing, study of asynchronously communicating state machines, Web Services, and Workflow systems. Recently, his primary focus has been the application of static analyses to automated scanning of Web application vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting attack, and AJAX security holes. He is co-PI and the chief designer of the WGG web/mobile application system.
Dr. Ellen Furuya joined the Hofstra Center for STEM Research in the fall of 2016 and is currently the project manager for WGG. She works as part of the WGG team in developing and enhancing STEM curricula, curriculum implementation in WISEngineering, and oversaw the construction of and launch of the www.hofstracsr.org and www.wiseguysandgals.com. Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a PhD in Food Science and Creighton University with a BS in Chemistry. She started her career at Pillsbury and along with her team is credited for the product development and commercialization of an innovative refrigerated dough, Crusty French Loaf. At PepsiCo, Ellen managed an international product development team with oversight a portfolio of products addressing the cultural and taste preferences worldwide. Building on her background, she is developing WGG activities with a food science focus and she is leading the effort to bring the Wise Guys and Gals to a broader market.