Infinity Project Pretest and Final Test

Background

Sponsor/Creator

Geoffrey Orsak, Southern Methodist University, with sponsorship from Texas Instruments and the Institute for Engineering Education

Purpose

Basic aptitude (pre-test) and student performance (end-of-year test)

What is measured

Cognitive skills and curriculum-related knowledge

Target population

American high school students

Item format

Open-ended and multiple-choice questions

Sample size

Thousands of students in 20 states

Frequency of administration

Ongoing since 1999

Availability

Samples are available at ftp://ftp.prenhall.com/pub/esm/sample_chapters/engineering_computer_science/orsak/index.html

Scope

Geoffrey Orsak, dean of the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, founded the Infinity Project in 1999 to interest more high school students in pursuing careers in engineering. The Infinity Project is a one-year high school curriculum designed for students who have taken algebra II and at least one course in a laboratory science. The curriculum, which focuses on information technology, includes textbooks, an Infinity Technology Kit for use in the classroom, and training for educators. The textbook, Engineering Our Digital Future (Prentice Hall, 2002), covers a variety of subjects in engineering and technology: the world of modern engineering, creating digital music, making digital images, math you can see, digitizing the world, coding information for



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