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Teacher training faculty rewarded for research in mathematical modeling

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Reuben Selase Asempapa, assistant professor of math education, and Tyler S. Love, assistant professor of elementary and middle school STEM education and director of the Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science (CAIMS), recently won the Outstanding Research Prize from the Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) for their paper “Teaching Math Modeling through 3D-Printing: Examining the Influence of an Integrative Professional Development”.

CTETE provides leadership in the areas of research, standards, and professional development for technology teacher educators.

“It is a great honor for me to be the recipient of this outstanding research award,” said Asempapa. “I am happy that my research activities and my efforts in teaching mathematical modeling have been recognized.”

Asempapa and Love’s article discusses the results of a CAIMS workshop that showed middle school math, technology, and engineering teachers how to collaboratively teach mathematical modeling through 3D printing.

“It’s always nice to receive recognition for your work, but the real impact happens when research helps inform P-12 standards and curriculum development, pedagogy, student learning, and other applications. practices,” Love said.

Love and Asempapa said their work helps bridge the gap between research and practice to benefit local school districts in Pennsylvania.

“We have such unique opportunities here at Penn State Harrisburg to foster collaborative and scholarly achievement,” Asempapa said.

Love also received the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The award recognizes teachers of technology, innovation, design and engineering who have been “highly competent and active in the field of technology and engineering education”.