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Board 128: Work in Progress: Integrating Sustainability Engineering Education and Design into the K-12 Classroom: A Case Study in Electronics Recycling for Middle-School Youth

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Pre-College Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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6

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32227

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https://peer.asee.org/32227

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Congying Wang Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7121-9961

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Congying Wang is a doctoral candidate in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. Her research interests include the stress-relaxation mechanisms in lead-free tin-alloy coatings in electronic devices and the recycling of electronic wastes within the circular economy.

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Tikyna Dandridge Purdue University

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Tikyna Dandridge is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue Univesity. She is also a researcher in the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering. Tikyna's research interests include equitable and culturally relevant engineering education that includes the use of minority children's identities to inform the development of engineering content and curriculums. Tikyna holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Monica E. Cardella Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4229-6183

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Monica E. Cardella is the Director of the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering and is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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Carol A. Handwerker Purdue University

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Carol Handwerker is the Reinhardt Schuhmann, Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering, and Environmental and Ecological Engineering (courtesy) at Purdue University, West Lafayette.
Her research areas include:
• developing innovative processing strategies and technologies for next-generation microelectronics, solar cells, and flexible electronics,
• integrating sustainability in the design of new electronic materials, processes, and products.
• predicting the reliability of-free solder interconnects, particularly for high performance, military, and aerospace electronic systems,
• identifying and implementing strategies to move R&D into manufacturing and commercialization, using roadmapping, techno-economic analysis, and formation of self-assembling socio-ecological systems.
Prof. Handwerker is a member of the DoE Critical Materials Institute leadership team, focused on accelerating technology transition of CMI R&D in recycling, recovery, and remanufacturing. In electronics, the Director of the Purdue Tuskegee NSF Integrative Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT) on Globally Sustainable Electronics (supporting 30 two-year fellowships over five years with 20 participating faculty) and served as a member of the iNEMI Environmental Leadership Steering Committee, along with Intel, Dell, Lenovo, and others. She holds a B.A. in art history from Wellesley College, and S.B., S.M., and Sc.D degrees in materials science and engineering from MIT. She is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, and the American Ceramics Society, and received the TMS Leadership Award, the Applications to Practice Award, and the TMS/FMD John Bardeen Award.

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Abstract

Engineers today consider how to advance technologies with limited natural resources to achieve a sustainable future. Sustainability has been integrated into a variety of engineering curricula where educators face challenges of the misconception perceived by students that technology can offer complete solutions to sustainability. In this study, a constructive educational module of sustainability was integrated into a K-12 industry-oriented curriculum at a public middle school as a practice to introduce the societal, economic, and environmental mindsets to pre-college students with reduced technological content. Data collected are the reflections of the instructor for the module and reflective evaluations that lead to a summative critique of the outcomes and improvements. This study provides the engineering education community the evidence that middle-school youth can well perceive sustainability framework and the insights for researchers who are looking to integrate sustainable engineering to pre-collegiate engineering settings.

Wang, C., & Dandridge, T., & Cardella, M. E., & Handwerker, C. A. (2019, June), Board 128: Work in Progress: Integrating Sustainability Engineering Education and Design into the K-12 Classroom: A Case Study in Electronics Recycling for Middle-School Youth Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32227

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