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Assessment of K-12 Outreach Group Project Highlighting Multidisciplinary Approaches in the Oil and Energy Industry

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Outreach and Early Transdisciplinary Courses

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

12

DOI

10.18260/p.26332

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https://peer.asee.org/26332

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46

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Paula Ann Monaco Texas Tech University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5572-1468

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Dr. Paula Monaco, E.I.T., successfully defended her dissertation research Spring 2016 and will begin a career in the water/wastewater reuse treatment. Paula has led multiple outreach summer programs at TTU and provides support to student organizations within the college of engineering. Her technical research focuses include; anti-fouling and scaling RO technology and pharmaceutical and personal care product screening to predict environmental exposure from passive treatment discharges.

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Aimee Cloutier Texas Tech University

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Aimee Cloutier is a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech in 2012. Her research interests include biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, prosthetic limb design, and STEM education.

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Guo Zheng Yew Texas Tech University

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Guo Zheng Yew is currently pursuing his doctorate in civil engineering at Texas Tech University with a focus on finite element analysis and glass mechanics. Prior to his graduate work in the United States, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from Malaysia and has participated in research projects involving offshore structures in Malaysia.

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Maeghan Marie Brundrett Texas Tech University

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Current PhD student at Texas Tech University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Main research focus is on the fate and occurrence of chlorate in the environment and its use as an alternative solution for remediation of the salt marshes impacted by the BP Horizon oil spill.

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Dylan Christenson Texas Tech University

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B.A. Liberal Studies and M.A. Education from Vanguard University of Southern California. M.S. Civil Engineering Texas Tech University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with focus on the biological treatment of waste water for re-use applications. I am passionate about both engineering and education. I am specifically interested in student motivation, formative assessment, service learning, and the influence of the affective domain.

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Audra N. Morse Texas Tech University

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Dr. Audra Morse, P.E., is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Whitacre College of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech University. She leads the Engineering Opportunities Center which provides retention, placement and academic support services to WCOE students. Her professional experience is focused on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems, membrane filtration and the fate of personal products in treatment systems.

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Abstract

A need exists to inspire female high school students to study engineering, and one approach is to expose students to the different engineering disciplines and highlight current technological problems that require multidisciplinary approaches. The objective of a week-long residential summer program was to introduce high school females to six engineering disciplines and multidisciplinary approaches through interactive topic lessons, a real-world group project and professional development sessions to excite female students about current engineering applications and careers. The group project tasked students with the problem of designing and implementing a hydraulic fracturing site given a variety of site condition design constraints. The interactive structure of the open-ended design project uniquely provided high school students with the opportunity to gain personal, interpersonal and technical engineering skills while highlighting the significance of multidisciplinary approaches to current technological advancements within the oil and energy industry. As a multidisciplinary team, each person was assigned the role of a specific engineering discipline, and each role was tasked with design objectives to collaborate with all disciplines to submit one engineering design solution. The project challenged students to address the current technological problem of hydraulic fracturing by working in interdisciplinary teams. Each team orally presented a design solution addressing the project’s stated design challenges to an audience consisting of program instructors, peers and parents. Assessment instruments of student performance during the group project included: (a) an oral presentation rubric utilized by program instructors to evaluate team presentations on delivery, content, organization, and audience awareness; (b) pre- and post-program questionnaires to evaluate the impact of the team project on students’ grasp of the importance of multidisciplinary design approaches; and (c) a pre- and post-program Likert scale assessing student perception in self-development of engineering skills following the completion of the group project and summer program. The evaluation of the team presentations indicated that following the completion of the summer program’s open-ended project, students were able to work in multidisciplinary teams while explaining the roles the different disciplines culminating to an engineering design. Results from assessment instruments also highlighted strengths and areas for improvement of engineering skills which students identified after working through a multidisciplinary approach to a design problem.

Monaco, P. A., & Cloutier, A., & Yew, G. Z., & Brundrett, M. M., & Christenson, D., & Morse, A. N. (2016, June), Assessment of K-12 Outreach Group Project Highlighting Multidisciplinary Approaches in the Oil and Energy Industry Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26332

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