March 25, 2018
March 25, 2018
March 27, 2018
Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci (born 1452) for example, who was equally as great an artist as an engineer. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in efforts to bring these disciplines more closely together by adding the Arts back into STEM education – or moving from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering, and math). Engineering may give you the skills to design and build, but the Arts will give you the ability to design and build for the human condition.
This paper describes a 6 month long engineering and arts education project we’ve named Convergence. The project, made up of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national faculty and student team, involves the design and manufacture of 100 smart LED lighted miniature vessels that float down the river a river with two different colors only to converge to one color further downstream. The convergence of the vessels themselves is symbolic of the convergence of the disciplines and nationalities of the people who designed and built the project and indicative of how combining engineering with the arts can help impart a social message – the need for convergence in a disparate world.
The rest of the paper is organized as follows: We begin by introducing the origin of the project idea and the formation of the multi-disciplinary, multi-national team. We then describe the engineering design of the project and the tests performed to verify its functionality. We conclude by discussing the results of the final demonstration of the project and the perceptions of the project’s impact from those involved in its making.
Benson, B., & Burnett, M. J. (2018, March), Convergence – an Engineering and Arts Education Project that Brings Together Faculty and Students of Different Disciplines and Nationalities Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado. https://peer.asee.org/29604
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