ERIC Number: EJ1048899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
"Gaa-Noodin-Oke" (Alternative Energy/Wind Power): A Curriculum Implementation on the White Earth Reservation
Guzey, Siddika Selcen; Nyachwaya, James; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v15 n3 p5-13 Oct-Dec 2014
A wind energy focused curriculum for grades 4-8 was designed and implemented to promote the understanding of wind energy concepts with American Indian students. 57 students who participated in the 2009 summer program of the "Reach for the Sky" (RFTS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) received the curriculum. The two week long curriculum allowed students to engage in various STEM activities. Students completed design challenges such as building and testing table-top wind turbines and anemometers. Students were asked to keep a notebook where they designed and recorded scientific experiments, recorded data and observations, and drew conclusions and reflections. Student notebooks and pre and post assessments were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum on students learning of the wind energy concepts. We found that the curricular activities and the use of notebooks enhanced American Indian students' achievement.
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 7, American Indian Education, Summer Programs, STEM Education, Hands on Science, Science Experiments, Recordkeeping, Journal Writing, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Scientific Concepts, Science Achievement, Reservation American Indians, Low Income Groups, Natural Resources, Culturally Relevant Education, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Energy, Technology Uses in Education, Statistical Analysis, Student Interests, Curriculum, Active Learning
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 7
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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