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Best Practices for the Implementation of Home-based, Hands-on Lab Activities to Effectively Engage STEM Students During a Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Remote Physical Laboratories: Experimentation and Laboratory-oriented Studies

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Diversity

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21

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10.18260/1-2--36744

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Oludare Adegbola Owolabi P.E. Morgan State University

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Dr. Oludare Owolabi, a professional engineer in Maryland, joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2010. He is the assistant director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering Research (CATIER) at Morgan State University and the director of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory. He has over eighteen years of experience in practicing, teaching and research in civil engineering. His academic background and professional skills allows him to teach a range of courses across three different departments in the school of engineering. This is a rare and uncommon achievement.
Within his short time at Morgan, he has made contributions in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been uniquely credited for his inspirational mentoring activities and educating underrepresented minority students. Through his teaching and mentoring at Morgan State University he plays a critical role in educating the next generation of underrepresented minority students, especially African-American civil engineering students.
He is also considered to be a paradigm of a modern engineer. He combines practical experience with advanced numerical analysis tools and knowledge of material constitutive relations. This is essential to address the challenges of advanced geotechnical and transportation research and development. He is an expert in advanced modeling and computational mechanics. His major areas of research interest centers on pavement engineering, sustainable infrastructure development, soil mechanics, physical and numerical modeling of soil structures, computational geo-mechanics, constitutive modeling, pavement design, characterization and prediction of behavior of pavement materials, linear and non-linear finite element applications in geotechnical engineering, geo-structural systems analysis, structural mechanics, sustainable infrastructure development, and material model development. He had been actively involved in planning, designing, supervising, and constructing many civil engineering projects, such as roads, storm drain systems, a $70 million water supply scheme which is comprised of treatment works, hydraulic mains, access roads, and auxiliary civil works. He had developed and optimized many highway design schemes and models. For example, his portfolio includes a cost-effective pavement design procedure based on a mechanistic approach, in contrast to popular empirical procedures. In addition, he had been equally engaged in the study of capacity loss and maintenance implications of local and state roads (a World Bank-sponsored project). He was the project manager of the design team that carried out numerical analyses to assess the impact of the new shaft and tunnel stub construction on existing London Underground Limited (LUL) structures as per the proposed alternative 3 design of the Green park Station Step access (SFA) Project in U. K. He was also the project manager of Category III design check for the Tottenham Court Road Tunnel Underground Station upgrade Project in UK.

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Jumoke 'Kemi' Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8645-696X

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Dr. J. ’Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a joint Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University and UMDNJ. Dr. Ladeji-Osias’ involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes adapting portal laboratory instrumentation into experiments from multiple STEM disciplines. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Mehdi Shokouhian Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9823-0661

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Dr. Shokouhian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Morgan State University. His research focuses on performance-based design of structures made of high performance steel and concrete using theoretical, numerical and experimental methods. He has participated in many research projects and has published several peer-reviewed journal papers since 2004.

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Oludayo Samuel Alamu Morgan State University

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Mr. Alamu is a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University where he conducts qualitative and quantitative research works leading to development. He has participated and led several innovative research works and he is a member of the rocketry team at Morgan State University. He has authored and co-authored several publications with the recent one on the use of additive manufacturing in building a liquid propellant rocket engine nozzle.

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Seong W. Lee Morgan State University

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Dr. Lee is currently Professor & Lab Director of Industrial & Systems Engineeing Deparment at Morgan State University.Dr. Lee has been actively involed in development of laboratory hands-on experimental projects using his ongoing research projects to be implemented and used in his teaching classes and capstone design projects.

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Gbekeloluwa B. Oguntimein P.E. Morgan State University

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Dr. Gbekeloluwa B. Oguntimein received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1974 and 1979 respectively. He has over 30 years teaching and research experience having taught at in the departments of chemical engineering, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, department of food technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and conducted research at Institute Nationale Polytechnique de Lorraine in Nancy, France, at Gesselschaft Biotechnologie Forschung in Braunschweig, Germany and Industrial Biotechnology Center, University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. He currently teaches Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater treatment, Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment and Project Management and Sustainable energy development courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Morgan State University. His research areas are application of biological systems in the solution and prevention of environmental problems and development of sustainable energy.

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Adedayo Ariyibi Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1812-5843

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Dr. Adedayo Ariyibi is a faculty in the Department of Biology, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the department in 2010, the Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology of the Veterinary School, University of Ibadan, Nigeria appointed Dr. Ariyibi (Nee Akintola) as Lecturer 11 and later Lecturer 1 to pioneer the teaching and research in Veterinary Biochemistry from 1992 to 2000. Dr. Ariyibi relocated to the United States for Post-doctoral appointment at Carver Research Center and concurrently served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Tuskegee University from 2001 until 2010.
Dr. Adedayo Ariyibi, a Veterinarian by profession, trained at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and an MSc in Biochemistry. Ariyibi’s research area of interests are Using Innovative Technology and Techniques to Enhance and Enrich the Learning Experience of Science in and outside the confinement of a classroom and laboratory.

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Hye Jeong Lee Morgan State University

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Krishna Bista Morgan State University

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Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, Maryland (USA).

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Mulugeta T. Dugda Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6801-3225

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Sotonye Ikiriko Morgan State University

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Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko is currently a Doctoral student and Research Associate in the Department of Civil Engineering, Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to joining the department in January of 2019, Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Tennessee State, where she obtained her master’s degree in civil engineering. Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko obtained her Bachelor of Engineering (B.ENG) in civil engineering from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Port Harcourt Nigeria. Her passion for innovative and sustainable engineering research has led Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko to participate in several engineering research. In 2019 Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was part of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Project on Noise Abatement Decisions for the state of Maryland and co-authored the report 'HIGHWAY GEOMETRICS AND NOISE ABATEMENT DECISION'. In 2017 and 2018 Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was part of a research sponsored by the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC). And has authored, co-authored, and presented research papers published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and other engineering journals and conferences across the United States.

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Celeste Chavis P.E. Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3737-2364

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Celeste Chavis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Chavis is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland. Her research focuses on transportation operations, safety, and performance metrics for multimodal transportation systems through an equity lens. Dr. Chavis specialized in instructional technology, STEM education, and ABET accreditation.

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Abstract

The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced many colleges and universities to remain on a completely online or remote educational learning environment for the 2020 Spring and Fall semesters, however there is a growing concern in STEM fields about how students will be able to achieve one of the major ABET learning outcomes without conducting physical, hands on laboratory exercises as many STEM disciplines are switching to virtual laboratory; an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering/scientific judgment to draw conclusions. In addition to the limited achievement of the ABET outcomes, roughly half of the population of a historically black university communicated their anxieties during the pandemic to the University President via Change.org. The students’ main anxiety is portrayed in a statement culled from the petition as follows: “Most classes are very hands-on, and we are not able to do those from home because of the limited resources available at home”. This paper highlights the best practices for the implementation of home-based hands-on activities across multiple STEM fields. The paper further elaborates on the impact of remote and virtual labs on students’ attitude, interest, and performance in STEM over the home-based hands-on experimentation. Home-based hands-on laboratory activities were performed in biology, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, transportation system, and civil engineering. The results of a Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaires (MLSQ) survey that was administered to about 100 STEM students revealed better gains in key constructs associated with student success, such as motivation, critical thinking, and metacognition.

Owolabi, O. A., & Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Shokouhian, M., & Alamu, O. S., & Lee, S. W., & Oguntimein, G. B., & Ariyibi, A., & Lee, H. J., & Bista, K., & Dugda, M. T., & Ikiriko, S., & Chavis, C. (2021, July), Best Practices for the Implementation of Home-based, Hands-on Lab Activities to Effectively Engage STEM Students During a Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36744

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