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Creative Circuitry (Workshop)

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2015 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education

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Seattle, Washington

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June 13, 2015

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June 13, 2015

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June 13, 2015

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7

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18.5.1 - 18.5.7

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AnnMarie Thomas University of St. Thomas

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AnnMarie Thomas is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas where she is the director of the UST Center for Engineering Education. Her research group, the Playful Learning Lab, focuses on engineering and design education for learners of all ages.

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Emma Koller University of St. Thomas

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Emma Koller is an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas where she is majoring in Electrical Engineering. She is a research student in the Playful Learning Lab.

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WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WAPlease complete this form, save it as a PDF file only and upload it through the ASEE PaperManagement system as shown in the K12 Workshop Presenter’s Kit.All notifications will be by email from the ASEE Paper Management system.NOTE: To ensure that emails are not obstructed by spam blockers, please make sure to WHITELIST theemail addresses: monolith@asee.org and conferences@asee.org and s.harrington-hurd@asee.org.Direct questions to Stephanie Harrington-Hurd, ASEE K-12 Activities Manager, at s.harrington-hurd@asee.org. Additional workshop details are available at: http://www.asee.org/K12Workshop.Thank you! Deadline Friday, January 23, 2015 by 5:00PM EST Presenters will be notified of acceptance status by March 14. Late submissions will not be accepted. Advanced Workshop Registration will open December 6, 2013. SUBMISSION INFORMATIONProvide the first and last name of each presenter, including affiliations. If there is more than onepresenter, designate one person as the organizer and provide only that person’s contactinformation. The organizer is responsible for communicating to co-presenters.Number of Presenters: 3Presenter Name(s):1) Koller Emma University of St. Thomas2) Van Beek Lauren University of St. Thomas3) Thomas AnnMarie University of St. ThomasContact Person’s Name: AnnMarie ThomasContact Person’s Email: apthomas@stthomas.eduContact Person’s Phone: 651-263-9979Contact Person’s Alternate Phone: 651-797-3087CreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 1 of 6 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WA1) Emma Koller is an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas where she is majoring inElectrical Engineering. She is a research student in the Playful Learning Lab.2) Lauren Van Beek is an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas where she is majoringin Mechanical Engineering. She is a research student in the Playful Learning Lab.3) AnnMarie Thomas is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomaswhere she is the director of the UST Center for Engineering Education. Her research group, thePlayful Learning Lab, focuses on engineering and design education for learners of all ages. WORKSHOP INFORMATIONProposed Title: Creative CircuitryAbstract:This workshop will be a hands-on introduction to “Creative Circuitry.” Participants will learnabout craft and art projects which incorporate electrical circuits. Special emphasis will be placedon using these projects and methods in programs for children from diverse backgrounds andabilities. We will discuss techniques and strategies for incorporating Creative Circuitry into avariety of different educational contexts. The session will also include an introduction to basicelectronics and circuit components.Workshop Description.This workshop explores “Creative Circuitry,” which we define as teaching elementary electricalcircuit design and construction through projects where technology is embedded in craft. Thepresenters of this workshop, and their colleagues, have led Creative Circuitry explorations in awide variety of settings for audiences ranging from PK-elementary classrooms, summerworkshops for girls, library based drop-in sessions for teens and families, and an after-schoolprogram for Deaf students.The learning objectives of this workshop are:  Technical Knowledge: Participants will learn the basics of electrical circuits and how to design/build them.  Pedagogical Discussion: The effectiveness of using artistic projects to introduce circuits to children will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be given to the role e-textiles and creative circuitry can play in engaging students who are not typically well represented in STEM programs.  Implementation: Participants will brainstorm and discuss ways to incorporate creative circuitry into their own educational settings.CreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 2 of 6 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WAThe session will begin with an explanation of a variety of Creative Circuitry projects, and anoverview of the research literature on this topic, particularly as it applies to K-12 studentlearning. The hands-on component of the workshop will be focused on building SquishyCircuits. Through this activity we will discuss open and closed circuits, the differences betweenconductors and insulators, and basic circuit components (such as LEDs, resistors, and motors).The explanation will include both the technical terminology as well as some analogies that ourresearch group has found useful when explaining the circuits to younger children. There willthen be a short demonstration of how these components work with the dough.Participants will be encouraged to play with the conductive and insulating dough to make avariety of circuits that use LEDs, buzzers, and motors. The workshop leaders will spend timewith the participants answering questions, problem solving, and discussing common strugglestheir students might have.The participants will be given the recipes for the conductive and insulating dough, instructivenotes that explain short circuits, conductors and insulators, LEDs, and open and closed circuits,and the link to the Squishy Circuit site to help further the exploration of these components.Additionally, participants will receive handouts with additional Creative Circuitry project ideasand strategies for reducing supply costs.CreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 3 of 6 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WAAuthentic Engineering Connection. Identify and describe how you will explicitly address theways in which your lesson or activity is representative of the processes, habits of mind andpractices used by engineers, or is demonstrative of work in specific engineering fields.i At leastone of those must be within the first four listed, below; i.e., do not only check “other”. Check allthat apply: Use of an engineering design process that has at least one iteration/improvement X Attention to specific engineering habits of mind X Attention to engineering practices (as described in the NGSS/Framework and as practiced by engineers) X Attention to specific engineering careers or fields related to the lesson/activity Other (please describe below)Engineering Habits of Mind: Attention will be paid to engineering habits of mind, particularlycreativity, collaboration, and communication. When building Squishy Circuits participants willbe working in small groups, or pairs, which necessitates a discussion of the project and how tobuild it together. By introducing a variety of colors for both components and dough, participantsare encouraged to think creatively about their desired design.NGSS/Framework: Creative circuitry projects require students to plan electrical circuits such thatthey are both functional and adhere to the aesthetic that the designer is aiming for.Attention to Specific Engineering Careers or Fields: This workshop is focused on ElectricalEngineering concepts and applications.Diversity.The presenters will discuss strategies for incorporating Squishy Circuits and e-textiles intocurriculum for various age and ability levels. Squishy Circuits and e-textiles have been used withPK-elementary classrooms, summer workshops for girls, library based drop-in sessions for teensand families, and an after-school program for Deaf students.The workshop will also highlight the cost effectiveness of the Creative Circuit activities. SquishyCircuit dough is made of household items and the components are fairly accessible. E-textileprojects, excluding the conductive thread, have many cheap components and recycling fabrics isencouraged. A list of components and product availability will be given to participants.Research showing the positive effect of e-textiles to inspire women to become engineers and toexplore science and engineering will be discussed. There will also be a focus on the makermovement and how it encourages engineering for all ages.CreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 4 of 6 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WAAre there any online components to the proposal or presentation? (Note that these onlinecomponents may only be available to presenters or those who have their wireless subscriptions,since wireless may not be available during the workshop sessions.) MAYBE Please describe: If possible, we would love to use web resources, but can do the workshop without them.Grade Level Target Audience (check all that apply):X Primary (EC–2)x Elementary (3–5)x Middle School (6-8)x High School (9-12)Maximum Number of Participants:25All Seating is Classroom (tables and chairs).Audio Visual Equipment Requests:Note: An LCD projector, screen and podium with attached microphone are provided. Requestsfor additional equipment or resources (e.g., internet connection or laptops) will incur extracharges. If you do not have additional requests, please indicate with “Not applicable.”Internet access Reminder:Presenters must register and pay the registration fee to support their workshop attendance and audio/video costs. Thank you for completing this proposal form! Please review this document prior to submitting it to ensure that all items are complete. ASEE USE ONLYCreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 5 of 6 WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM 2015 Annual ASEE K-12 Workshop on Engineering Education “Authentic Engineering: Representing & Emphasizing the E in STEM” Presented by Dassault Systems Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sheraton Seattle | Seattle | WADate Received:Received By:Proposal ID Number:CreatCirc2015-ASEE-K12-Proposa.docx Page 6 of 6

Thomas, A., & Koller, E. (2015, June), Creative Circuitry (Workshop) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17078

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