Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Women in Engineering
This work examines a pilot program for undergraduate students on the use of common hand and power tools through a series of 8 weekly hands-on workshops led by a female faculty member as an open opportunity to gain building skills. The goals of the program include: a) Creating a safe environment for engineering students to learn, build, fail & redesign, without pressure of grades or deliverables; b) Increasing individual student tool knowledge, basic making skills, and confidence, so when in group projects later they do not shy away from the design and building portion of team based engineering projects; c) Improving student skills for increased participation in engineering societies, internships, hands-on outreach projects, and student build teams; and d) Promoting a culture of making within all engineering students. Two groups of students were included in this study to examine female-only versus co-ed environment; a 20-person group of female students (Building Women in Engineering), and a 20-person group of co-ed students (Building Skills in Engineering). Students from all engineering majors, and all years of undergraduate studies were represented. Both groups had the same female faculty member and female undergraduate peer mentor leading the hands-on tool workshops with them each week. Students were surveyed before, throughout, and following the 8 weeks of workshops to examine the impact of participation on their self-confidence and interest in the hands-on aspects of engineering studies. Both qualitative (opened ended questions) and quantitative (likert questions) about impressions pre-, during- and post- build groups are included in this work and can be examined by engineering major, year of study, gender, and ethnic background. Additionally, outlines of the tools, build space, and individual workshop projects are included for peer universities interested in developing their own hand & power tool build groups.
Dickrell, P. L. (2018, June), Building Skills in Engineering: Hand and Power Tool Workshops for Confidence and Retention Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30164
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