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Board # 74 : Assistive Technology for Freshman Design and K-12 Outreach

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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First-year Programs Division Poster Session

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First-Year Programs

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Devin R. Berg University of Wisconsin, Stout Orcid 16x16

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Devin Berg is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program in the Engineering and Technology Department at the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

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Matthew Wigdahl Oaklawn Elementary School

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Matthew Wigdahl is a National Board Certified 5th grade teacher using Design Thinking to empower his students to solve problems. He has taught elementary grades for 17 years.

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Charis Dawn Collins Oaklawn Elementary School

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Charis Collins is a writer and teacher, specializing in the areas of creative writing and movie making. She teaches "Script to Screen" workshops to grades K-8 and coordinates the Gifted/Talented program at Oaklawn Elementary School.

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This Work in Progress paper presents on the design of project-based learning approach focused on assistive technology as applied in a freshmen level engineering course which also integrates outreach with the local K12 system. The university course targets general education topics as well as an introductory engineering design experience and includes content on the engineering design process, societal implications of engineering design, and a participatory lab-based design project. A partnering class of 5th graders from a local elementary school made use of a daily block of time set aside for academic interventions and individual project-based work to collaborate with the university class. A qualitative assessment was conducted and has thus far has revealed that the university students found the assistive technology theme of the semester-long design project to be meaningful. For the K12 students, the survey results and anecdotal observations suggest that we were only moderately successful in constructing a meaningful and purposeful design experience, from their perspective.

Berg, D. R., & Wigdahl, M., & Collins, C. D. (2017, June), Board # 74 : Assistive Technology for Freshman Design and K-12 Outreach Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27916

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