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Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program: Assessment from a Multi-institutional Collaboration

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship Teaming and Collaboration

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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25.364.1 - 25.364.20



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Andrew L Gerhart Lawrence Technological University

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Andrew Gerhart, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He is actively involved in ASEE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, as Chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, and as Chair of LTU/KEEN Entrepreneurial Course Modification.

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Donald D. Carpenter Lawrence Technological University

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Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program – Assessment from a Multi-Institutional CollaborationA week-long summer enrichment program (i.e., summer camp) was developed for andadministered to undergraduate engineering students. The program is the result of a multi-institutional partnership, in which six universities spanning the U.S. collaborate on instilling theentrepreneurial mindset into engineering education. Therefore the camp engaged students frommany institutions and from multiple engineering disciplines. The plan is for three of the sixcollaborating universities to host an enrichment opportunity over three consecutive summers thatfocus on entrepreneurial education themed to the unique attributes of the host city. The firstsummer enrichment program was hosted at a Detroit area based university who partnered withthe Henry Ford in the Detroit metro area. The first host university’s camp was focused onexploring creativity, innovation, and ingenuity as it relates to the American experience andmanufacturing. In subsequent summers, two of the partner universities will host summerenrichment opportunities in Boston and St. Louis.Throughout the week, the camp participants explored the core competencies of creativity andinnovation through activities and games. In addition, the students studied and implementedvarious methodologies of creative problem solving through teamwork on various problems andproduct development projects/tasks. To further emphasize innovation as it relates to Americanhistory, two of the five days were spent visiting the Henry Ford which includes the Henry FordMuseum, Greenfield Village, a Ford F-150 truck assembly plant, and the Benson Ford ResearchCenter where they participated in a pilot version of the new Henry Ford Innovation 101curriculum.This paper will explain the objectives and format of the program, summarize the benefits of amulti-institutional engagement, and present assessment results. Two different assessments wereperformed. First, for the beginning and end of the week, a pre and post-test was conducted todetermine the students’ general perceptions of creativity, problem solving, teamwork, leadership,the role of creativity in engineering, and their personal view on their own creativity. Acomparison of the pre and post-program surveys yields a shift in perceptions. A secondassessment administered to the students at the conclusion of the week gives an analysis of theeffectiveness of the program, the delivery techniques, and the format.

Gerhart, A. L., & Carpenter, D. D. (2012, June), Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program: Assessment from a Multi-institutional Collaboration Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21122

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