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A Remotely Operated Vehicle Scaffolded Activity is Increasing Student and Teacher Interest in STEM – A Reporting on a Three-year Study Funded by the Office of Naval Research

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Evaluation: Technology and Tools for K-12 Engineering Education

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.97.1 - 26.97.8



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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University

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Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is an associate professor of Technology and Engineering Education in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

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Randy Craig Hurd Brigham Young University

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I am currently a PhD candidate at Brigham Young University. My research is focused around the fluid dynamics associated with the oblique free surface of highly deformable spheres. I have conducted research on urinal splash dynamics, which simplifies to droplet impacts into thin liquid films. This work was featured by the BBC and Wired magazine. I also work as a volunteer administrator for an ROV outreach program in central Utah known as Utah Underwater Robotics and study the affect of this program on student interest in STEM education.

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Kip Schafer Hacking Brigham Young University


Tadd T Truscott Brigham Young University

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Tadd Truscott’s current research interests are in fluid dynamics, novel imaging and experimental methods. By merging different areas of research, he works on problems such as three-dimensional flow field dynamics of rising spheres and cavitation. Tadd received his B.S in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, and then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Ph.D. in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering. He is presently an assistant professor at Brigham Young University, but will join the faculty at Utah State University in 2015.

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A  Remotely  Operated  Vehicle  Scaffolded  Activity  is  Increasing  Student   and  Teacher  Interest  in  STEM  –  a  Reporting  on  a  Three-­‐year  Study   Funded  by  the  Office  of  Naval  Research    For  the  past  three  years  a  university  in  the  western  United  States  has  worked  to  build  a  scaffolded  activity,  using  curriculum  from  STEM  content  areas  within  an  ROV  building  activity.  The  activity  requires  students  to  learn  various  basic  STEM  principles  including  buoyancy,  pressure,  density,  hydrodynamics,  electronics,  and  the  engineering  design  process,  while  designing,  building,  testing,  and  competing  with  a  personally-­‐built  ROV.  Our  data  over  the  past  three  years  shows  that  student  (n  =  437)  interest  in  math,  science,  engineering,  and  technology  has  increased  along  with  their  proficiency  in  problem  solving  methods.  We  believe  this  is  a  reflection  of  embedding  STEM  principles  in  an  exciting,  hands-­‐on  activity.  Data  regarding  teacher  self-­‐efficacy  in  teaching  these  principles  within  the  framework  of  this  activity  also  shows  that,  although  teachers  were  initially  apprehensive  about  having  to  integrate  STEM  principles  into  the  ROV  activity,  their  perceptive  abilities  and  to  do  so  increased.    This  paper  outlines  the  three-­‐year  study,  detailing  the  ROV  activity,  associated  curriculum  taught,  measurement  tools  used  to  aggregate  the  student  and  teacher  data  points,  and  associated  results.    

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