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Board 32: The Impact of Integrating Making Activities Into Cornerstone Design Courses

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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Mohamed Galaleldin University of Ottawa Orcid 16x16

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Mohamed Galaleldin is a Professional Engineer and a PhD candidate - at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, CA. He is interested in investigating the impact of integrating a maker curriculum to engineering design education.

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Hanan Anis University of Ottawa

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Hanan Anis holds an NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Prior to Joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking. She has numerous journal and conference publications and patents. Hanan's current research interests include Biophotonics, Innovation and engineering education.Her passion is to help students graduate with an entrepreneurial mind set that enable them to play leading roles in existing organizations or create their own jobs.

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Patrick Dumond University of Ottawa

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Professor Patrick Dumond is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches courses in engineering design. Dr. Dumond strongly believes in experiential learning and is actively involved in the ongoing development of engineering design education and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED) at the University of Ottawa.

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This study explores how the integration of making activities into cornerstone engineering design courses affects students’ design skills. A quasi-experimental design was used in the study, where 29 engineering students were interviewed and observed during their participation in a fourth-year mechanical engineering capstone design course. Students were interviewed in a team-based environment from weeks 2 to 11 in the fall term of the 2018–2019 academic year. Interviews ranged between 15 and 45 minutes per team every week. The study aimed to understand differences in the engineering design learning experience of two distinct groups of students based on the type of introductory engineering design courses students had taken in their first and second year of study. Students who had already attended design courses that had included making activities were found to have more confidence in their design skills, hold their work to higher standards, experience less stress throughout the course and perform better than their peers in the conceptual design phase.

Keywords: Engineering Design Education; Maker Movement; Making Activities; Maker Curriculum.

Galaleldin, M., & Anis, H., & Dumond, P. (2019, June), Board 32: The Impact of Integrating Making Activities Into Cornerstone Design Courses Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32324

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