June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.102.1 - 26.102.14
Preliminary Design and Evaluation of a 3D Modeling Curriculum for K-12 Education. (Evaluation)AbstractThis paper presents a new curriculum designed for teaching 3D modeling tools to K-12students. In particular, the curriculum is developed for middle school and high schoolstudents to teach them the most common practices used in Mechanical Engineering whendesigning new parts. As widely studied and suggested by new standards, such as the NextGeneration Science Standards (NGSS), in order to be able to succeed in STEM releateddegrees and jobs, students need to be exposed as early as possible to concepts and pracitcestypical to the world they are going to live and work in. Moreover, they need to learn thecomplexity of real-world systems as well as their interdisciplinarity. To fulﬁll these objectives,the curriculum here presented focuses on designing and 3D printing components for theLinkbot modular robots. These are educational robots developed at Barobo, Inc. incollaboration with the UC Davis C-STEM Center. Other curricula have already beendeveloped by C-STEM center to use these robots as a teaching support in Maths classes andas an introduction to Programming. Therefore this 3D modeling curriculum can be easilyintegrated with the robotics and computing ones, providing a deeper insight in the complexityof how diﬀerent engineering disciplines interlace in the process of designing and programminga robot. The curriculum described in this section is composed of ﬁve sections where studentscan learn the basics and good practices of 3D modeling using Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks, the modeling softwares commonly used in Mechanical Engineering design applications.A series of exercises then allows students to experiment on what they just learned. Resultsfrom surveys conducted after two one-week-long summer camps held by the UC DavisC-STEM Center (http://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/curriculum/c-stem-summer-camps/) where thecurriculum was tested are deﬁnitely positive. They mainly show that students felt challengedby a task typically performed by "real engineers" and proud to being able to design and 3Dprint their own idea.
Montironi, M. A., & Eliahu, D. S., & Cheng, H. H. (2015, June), A Robotics-Based 3D Modeling Curriculum for K-12 Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23443
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