TRAILS (Teachers and Researchers Advancing Integrated Lessons in STEM) is a NSF I-TEST grant project to create a model of integrated STEM instruction and teacher professional development to enhance high school student learning of STEM content. TRAILS seeks to increase STEM selfefficacy within science and technology teachers and advance students’ learning of STEM content at schools in rural settings. The TRAILS approach uses 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. TRAILS leverages the use of innovative tools such as 3D printing, 3D scanning technology, and CAD software allowing students to design and test innovative design solutions.

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)

  • Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
  • DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0054
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
  • Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK