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Creativity Enhancement via Engineering Graphics: Conceptual Design Blending Approach

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Pedagogy and Learning Within Engineering Design Graphics I

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Engineering Design Graphics

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Nazmun Nahar Utah State University

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Nazmun Nahar is a senior at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Her mantra in life is “Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life.” Ever since she turned a teenager, she learned to value education as a tool that liberate us from the restrictions of our outlooks that limit our humanity. One of her dreams is to use education to enlighten people's mind, and broaden their outlook to bring positive changes in society. Her other dream is to pursue a career as a gynecologist and make women’s health a priority, especially, in the under-developed countries.
As for now, she is pursuing her BA in Biology and MA in science education. She is the recipient of the Robert Noyce STEMELL scholarship for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to English Language Learners.

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Benjamin James Call Utah State University - Engineering Education

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Benjamin Call graduated with his Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Emphasis) in 2006 from Utah State University. After eight years with NAVAIR, he has returned to pursue a PhD in Engineering Education. He is funded by the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship. His research interests range from sophomore-level engineering curricula to spatial ability and creativity to student entrepreneurship.

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Wade H Goodridge Utah State University

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Wade Goodridge, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology Education at Utah State University, has taught Solid Modeling, CAD, Introductory Electronics, Surveying, Statics, teaching and Learning, Assessment and Evaluation, and Introductory Engineering courses at Utah State University. Goodridge has been teaching for the Utah State College of Engineering for more than 15 years. He holds dual B.S degrees in industrial technology education and civil engineering from Utah State University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Utah State University. His research interests include spatial thinking/spatial ability at a course specific level in engineering, conceptual and procedural knowledge interplay in novice engineering students, and entrepreneurship.

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John Devitry Utah State University

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John Devitry is an Adjunct Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University and has been teaching for the Utah State College of Engineering for more than 10 years. His research interests include finding simple yet effective ways to blend artistic expression into mechanical design. For the past 11 years Devitry worked as the CAD administrator at the Space Dynamics Lab. Before joining SDL he worked for EDS as the Western US Regional Lead Application Engineer and prior to EDS he worked for 3D Systems, promoting rapid prototyping and rapid tooling technologies visiting 100's of leading design and manufacturing companies around the world. He holds 3 patents developing the product from concept to market, selling the patent rights to independent investors. John enjoys writing and has published multiple articles in BYU Studies. In an earlier life he played full time as a circuit guitarist in Australia.

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This research paper reports on an experimentally designed study that investigates whether Conceptual Design Blending (CDB), a new pedagogical approach to engineering graphics instructions, facilitates creativity in engineering graphics students. The demand for curiosity, creative thinking, and innovation is on the rise in workplace with the annual export of an estimated $30 billion in the creative industries. There is hardly any industry or field that does not promote some sort of creativity, and the field of engineering is of no different. Innovative abilities and creative motivation are regarded as essential qualities in engineering profession due to the growing scope of challenges and complexities in the 21st century technologies. Despite the increasing demand for creativity, the importance of developing and implementing creativity-enhanced curriculum is often overlooked in the traditional engineering curriculum. Traditional engineering graphics instruction requires students to replicate existing objects, drawings or models, providing little scope for preparing students to execute their own ideas. The concept of CDB is derived from existing literature on conceptual blending and bisociation. In CDB practice, students integrate features of two or more pre-existing designs to create new design. The results of the study indicate a significant effect of CDB on students’ creativity compared to conventional instruction.

Nahar, N., & Call, B. J., & Goodridge, W. H., & Devitry, J. (2016, June), Creativity Enhancement via Engineering Graphics: Conceptual Design Blending Approach Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26594

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