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Drexel CASTLE invites conversation on STEM education transformation through seminar series


Delaine Talk

April 25, 2018

Drexel University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) hosted two seminar speakers over the past quarter. The first guest was Dr. David A. Delaine, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University with the Department of Engineering Education, and the second guest was Dr. Catherine Paolucci, Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz and the 2017-2018 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the National Science Foundation.

The CASTLE seminar series is focused on continuous improvements in STEM education teaching and learning. Dr. Adam Fontecchio, Director of CASTLE, invites speakers from a variety of institutions to lead conversations on local, regional and national trends in the transformation of STEM education. The seminar is open to all who are interested in STEM education.

Dr. David A. Delaine

Dr. Delaine spoke on Thursday, April 5th and his talk was titled, “Research at Intersections – an engineering education research agenda in community engagement.” His talk addressed the multiple pathways into the field of engineering education, including how he navigated the transition from technical research to engineering education research. Participants who attended the seminar learned about his ongoing research efforts as well as the challenges and opportunities presented within community engagement, experiential learning, and the needs of those underrepresented in higher education. 

Dr. Catherine Paolucci 

Dr. Paolucci presented at CASTLE on Tuesday, April 24th and her talk was titled, “Re-Conceptualizing Mathematics Education to Build a More Inclusive STEM Community.” In the talk, she addressed how social, political and cultural factors play an important role in mathematics education and help shape students’ beliefs about their own potential for further studies and careers in STEM fields. Seminar participants walked away with concrete examples of how mathematics teachers and teacher educators can turn these challenges into opportunities to engage their students and colleagues in new ways to promote rich, integrated STEM learning.

Future talks will be announced on Drexel CASTLE’s events page. For more information, please email Marisa Dietrich, CASTLE Program Coordinator at