June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.45.1 - 24.45.23
A Engineering Discipline Awareness Workshop for Pre‐Service STEM Teachers The Engineering Discipline Awareness Workshop for Pre-Service STEM Teachers was designedfor future high school teachers in STEM field to provide awareness of the different engineeringdisciplines. The goal is to create engineering interest among the students graduating from highschool and entering higher education. The strategy is to create engineering awareness in the localhigh school STEM teachers so that they in turn pass that interest onto their own students. Thisworkshop is part of the ___ University Engineering Experiment Stations (TEES) OutreachStrategy Team’s Pilot Program. Situated on the border with Mexico, __ University (_U), aMember of the __ University System serves predominantly Hispanic population by providingacademic services to a high number of economically disadvantaged and first-generation students.The majority of the teachers in __ received their education from _U, targeting the pre-serviceteachers at _U will expand our future teachers’ knowledge of the different engineeringdisciplines, and aid in __ Engineering recruitment program.Several professors from different engineering disciplines each provided an entire day curriculumdedicated to their particular discipline. Each presentation was divided into three modules, anintroduction to the particular engineering field, some basic engineering theory and a hands-onengineering exercise. In this paper we present details of three engineering disciplines presentedto the participants which include chemical, electrical and systems engineering.The highlights of the Chemical Engineering section of the workshop were: 1) familiarize the pre-service teachers with the chemical engineering curriculum and the profession, 2) introduce theconcepts of basic processes and their flow diagrams, material balances and 3) engage them in ahands-on laboratory activity to produce their own biodiesel from store-bought soybean oil, andwaste oil obtained from the _U diner.The Electrical Engineering workshop started with an introduction to the type of work electricalengineers typically do and their salary expectations. The hands-on session was divided into twoparts. First the students were given an electric circuits experiment kit suited for children from 8years of age, the Snap Circuits PRO SC-500. They learned how this product, considered a toy,can introduce their future students to the basic concepts of electrical engineering at a very lowcost with minimal knowledge from the teacher. In the second part the students built a simplecircuit consisting of a light emitting diode and a resistor. They used the professional bread boardsthat our university students use. This allowed them to see how actual electrical engineers work.In the Systems Engineering workshop the students were introduced to the wide variety of jobsthese types of engineers can have and the type of work they do. In the hands-on part the studentslearned how to build a DVD rental system from scratch using Microsoft Access.
Gonzalez, F. G., & Pinzon, G. J., & Gupta, A., & Biswas, P. (2014, June), A Engineering Discipline Awareness Workshop for Pre-Service STEM Teachers Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/19937
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