FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS
The participating teachers were often assembled to discuss the progress of their work, upcoming deadlines, and a disscussion of topics related to improving their teaching. The main focus was to determine what teachers needed to be more effective at teaching in general and specifically, how teachers could use their experiances, contacts and other resources provided by the STEER program to promote interest in engineering among their students.
Often the needs were related to class size, student motivation, and lack of equipment. The Principal Investigators were very clear about their interest in assisting the teachers many ways. Some ideas included, field trips to CSULA, classroom visits by professors and students, technical assistance creating and troubleshooting engineering-related teaching units, and inviting the teachers' students to work on projects at the CSULA labs.