Student Profile

Lauren Coker

Lauren Coker

Major: Technology and Engineering Education with a Concentration in Engineering Design

Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Medford, NJ

Additional Information


During my time as a Millersville University student studying Technology and Engineering Education, I have conducted research for various courses as a part of project documentation. I have researched topics within Bio-related Technology, Product Design, Computer Aided Engineering Design and Manufacturing Enterprise. The projects that stemmed from the research conducted within these courses were, a hydroponics system, a prosthetic arm attachment called Proaesthetics, a pair of THINK BIG GO FAR bookends, a custom wall clock, a scale 3d printed model of an ADA equipped playground, and a cooking utensil called the “Cooking Clamp”. In addition to these projects, I also took part in a project where our class formed a company called Casting Shadows. Our company was successful in selling over twenty-five handcrafted shadow boxes with custom engravings.

Projects I have completed outside of my research-based courses include a custom shaker table, a serving tray, and a burglar alarm.


I was inspired by my high school Technology and Engineering Education teacher, Stefani Kirk, to pursue an education at Millersville University to study Technology and Engineering Education. She challenged me to think critically and introduced me to a new method of learning, Learning-by-doing. Her influence made me want to become a Technology Education Teacher, so one day I could help students see their own potential and challenge them to think in new and innovative ways. 


One of the most rewarding experiences I've had so far as a student is being able to present my industrial design product for my Computer Aided Engineering Design course.  I used solid works software in the development my product. SolidWorks allowed me to sketch my product to size, create a 3d model of the product, and allowed me to convert the drawing file to an STL file to be 3d printed. I was able to present my research and design to numerous respected members of the fields of Technology and Engineering. 


What I've learned from my time at Millersville University studying Technology and Engineering Education, is that you have to fail to succeed. I have learned so much from making mistakes over the course of the last three years. I've learned that there is always someone willing to lend a helping hand and to never underestimate yourself. Everything takes time and practice, but once you achieve your goals it all becomes worthwhile. Remember, you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.

 As a future teacher, I understand I will always be making modifications to effectively instruct my students. It will take persistence and determination to construct a learning environment that fosters my future students’ learning and creativity. It will be my job to make sure my students’ gain rewarding experiences in my classroom. An authentic learning environment will continue to be my goal throughout my teaching career and will indeed take time and practice. 


Don't be hesitant to ask for help. It's okay not to know everything. You will grow and you will learn, and become a better person because of the process it takes. Also, never underestimate yourself. You are capable of great things if you put in the hard work and stay focused. Even when things get tough, try to remember that everything will work out, keep on, keepin' on. 


I aspire to be a Technology Education teacher who will make a difference in the lives of my future students. I hope to pursue my master and eventually doctorate degree. I hope to spend the beginning of my career teaching high school Technology Education but would also enjoy teaching K-5 STEM, to provide students with an early exposure to innovation and technology, setting a foundation for technological literacy. Regardless of the level of education I end up teaching, I believe my experiences teaching will fulfill my aspirations of making a difference in the lives of students, promoting technological literacy across all ages, and evolving into a distinguished educator.

If you are currently employed in your field, please provide professional information, where you work, when you started, etc.:

I am currently employed at KinderCare Learning Center. Although I am not employed as a Technology and Engineering Education teacher, this opportunity has given me the chance to incorporate STEM in the classroom with children ages 3 to 13.  I see this job opportunity as an important building block in my career. 

What has been the most significant and/or exciting aspect of your work?

From my experience working at KinderCare, I've learned that children love to learn STEM. Children have a natural desire to learn, especially when it is hands-on learning. STEM inspires children to explore and apply their creative abilities, which has been the more exciting aspect of my work to witness firsthand.