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An Investigation of the Impact An ROV Competition Curriculum has on Student Interest in STEM, Specifically Technology and Engineering

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Use of Technology and Tools for K-12 Engineering Education

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Daniel Gordon Mendiola Bates Brigham Young University

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Graduate masters student. Research emphasis in technology and engineering education. For the past 4 years has taught jr. high CTE Technology and Engineering courses. Daniel has recently been accepted to NC State to pursue a doctorate degree in Technology Education.

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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University

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Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is a professor of Technology and Engineering Education in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University.

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Steven L. Shumway Brigham Young University

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Dr. Shumway is an Associate Professor in the Technology and Engineering Education Program at BYU

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This research investigates the impact a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) program has on student interest in, and perception of, technology and engineering (sTEm). ROV programs embed all areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into their curriculum; however, emphasis for this research is placed on interest and perception of the “T” and “E” of STEM. Although there are many articles detailing the benefits of ROV programs, there is little empirical data documenting the impact on student interest and perception of sTEm. This research paper outlines an ROV statewide program within a landlocked state, and presents the findings from a sTEm survey instrument administrated to over 300 junior high aged students who participated in a five-month ROV program and near 50 students who did not. The statistical significant results from the survey show students in the program score higher than those not in the program when asked to rate the following statements on a 5pt agree scale: “I will probably get an engineering job later on” (p value: .019), “If there was a school club about engineering I would certainly join it” (p value: .021), and “How much do you like science?” (p value: .014).

Bates, D. G. M., & Wright, G., & Shumway, S. L. (2016, June), An Investigation of the Impact An ROV Competition Curriculum has on Student Interest in STEM, Specifically Technology and Engineering Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26228

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