Pre-Engineering/Engineering Student Survey

Survey of Students that have attended Project Lead the Way based Classes

Note: this site is in no way affiliated with Project Lead the Way

STUDENTS: CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE SURVEY!!!


A NOTE TO TEACHERS/ADMINISTRATORS/PARENTS

This survey is being conducted as part of my MA requirements in Educational Technology at Cal State Northridge. As a new secondary education teacher I have been quite surprised to find how little is known about engineering as a science, engineering careers, or the rigors of engineering programs by secondary education math and science teachers and administrators.

When people read or hear the news about our need to get more people to pursue science and technology educations they do not understand that a vast majority of the jobs that must be filled are not biologists, chemists, or physicists. The jobs that are having to be filled with people from India, China, and other foreign countries are OVERWHELMINGLY ENGINEERING positions.

This form is an independent survey conducted to help other secondary education science teachers and administrators better understand how programs such as PLTW  can benefit their students and their school and how such courses would fit within their own programs.

I have recently forayed into the secondary education field bringing with me nearly 25 years of experience working as an engineer, engineering manager, and owner of an engineering software and services company I am acutely aware of the need for programs such as this as well as the challenges faced in making these types of programs available to the students who would be most positively impacted by them.

Part of my motivation for entering education is based on my first hand knowledge of the severe shortage of home-grown engineers produced by our education system. My experience has taught me that the best engineers in the world are still products of American public schools and Universities. At the same time many kids today that have all the attributes that give them that same potential never even pursue engineering careers because they are either unaware of, unprepared for, or in some other way prevented from joining the pool of future engineers.

This survey is an initial attempt to determine how and if the PLTW program is an example of a successful approach to address the problems described above.

My hope is that this survey and any future studies that I undertake will help to make PLTW type courses available to all students that wish to take them and that pre-engineering becomes a part of every student's core science education.

Stu Egli
Acton, CA
Mechanical Engineer, Secondary Education Physics and Technology Teacher

I can beach reached by going to one of my web sites http://stuegli.com or http://phyzx.net

 

SURVEY FORM

Please answer as many of the questions below as you can. I have grouped the most important questions at the beginning of the form if you do not want to complete the whole form.

 BE SURE TO SELECT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FORM WHEN YOU ARE DONE

 The results of the survey will be posted here as will any follow-up surveys and analysis.

Thank you!


STUDENT INFORMATION
AGE years Gender Male Female
GRADE during 04-05 school year
Middle School 6 7 8 High School 9 10 11 12
High School Graduate   Other (explain below)
School Attended during 2004-2005 school year
Type of school Public  Private  On-line  Home
City State  
district

 

PLTW Pre-Engineering/Engineering Courses Taken TRUE FALSE
I have you taken a class that included was a PLTW* based engineering or pre-engineering course
I completed that class
     
KNOWLEDGE ABOUT  ENGINEERING TRUE FALSE
An adult close to me (parent, Aunt/Uncle, Grandaparent, family friend) is an Engineer or works in an Engineering related occupation
  disagree
strongly
disagree neutral agree agree
strongly
Before taking the PLTW course I knew about the variety and types of things engineers do
Since taking the PLTW course I knew about the variety and types of things engineers do

 

IMPACT ON FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS
COLLEGE PLANS TRUE FALSE
I planned on going to college before taking this class
Taking the PLTW class(es) changed my mind about attending a college or university
Taking the PLTW class(es) changed my mind about what major to take in college
     
  disagree
strongly
disagree neutral agree agree
strongly
Before taking the PLTW course I planned on becomming an engineer
I would never have considered engineering if I had not taken the PLTW course
Since taking the PLTW course I plan on becomming an Engineer
           
The PLTW class has greatly effected my future education plans and goals
I now plan to pursue an engineering education
 
  TRUE FALSE
I have applied to a College, University, or Trade School to attend and Engineering or Engineering Technology program
I have already been accepted to an engineering program at a college or university
Name of College, Univestiry or Trade School

 

IMPACT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
  disagree
strongly
disagree neutral agree agree
strongly
Before taking the PLTW classes I clearly understood  why I had to learn subjects like math, science, and English
I now appreciate more fully understand the importance of subjects like math, science, and English
I now find my other classes easier to do well in
I am much more motivated to do well in all of my classes
           
Do you think pre-engineering should be offered to all students in addition to or instead of existing science or math classes such as 8th Grade physical sciences, Geometry/Trigonometry, or Physics Yes No

COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS/QUESTIONS


PLEASE SELECT THE SUBMIT BUTTON WHEN DONE!


Author information goes here.
Copyright 2005 S. B. Egli. All rights reserved.
Revised: 01/24/06