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Building Engineering Interest and Sandcastles through Collaborative Instructional Design

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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K-12 and Pre-college Engineering Curriculum and Programming Resources, Part 1 of 2

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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24.244.1 - 24.244.11



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Pamalee A. Brady California Polytechnic State University

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James B. Guthrie California Polytechnic State University

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Building Engineering Interest and Sandcastles through Collaborative Instructional DesignAbstractA collaborative research project between students and faculty in the xx University College ofArchitecture & Environmental Design (CAED) and the School of Education was undertaken tobring motivation for design, engineering and construction careers into local elementary schoolclassrooms. The CAED includes departments in Architectural Engineering, Architecture, City &Regional Planning, Construction Management and Landscape Architecture and can providestudents and faculty who are competent in all areas of building design and construction. Facultyand teacher candidates in the School of Education are the optimal means of introducing technicalconcepts and practices for the present and future education of elementary school students.Through a series of lessons fourth through sixth grade students learned and applied grade levelappropriate knowledge and skills in the design and construction of two structures. Design andconstruction concepts were first introduced through a clearly defined process of roles required tobuild a bridge. This was followed by repeating the roles and steps through a less constrainedprocess to design and build a sand sculpture. The culminating event was a contest held to buildthe sand sculptures. Pre- and post-assessments of students at the elementary school wereconducted to investigate students’ prior knowledge of the distinct work of the professions, theirpersonal interest in pursuing careers in these professions and their perceptions of their mathabilities and if providing a practical application for these concepts enhanced student learning.Teacher candidates and teachers were surveyed to assess their familiarity with the professions,the application of science and math to the professions and their perceptions surrounding theirstudents’ abilities and interests. The paper describes the program, lessons learned and theassessment data.

Brady, P. A., & Guthrie, J. B. (2014, June), Building Engineering Interest and Sandcastles through Collaborative Instructional Design Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20135

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