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Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program – Collaborating with a Cultural Institution and Assessment Results

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division – Entrepreneurship Education in New Contexts

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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26.422.1 - 26.422.24



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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, and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He serves as Faculty Advisor for the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics Student Chapter at LTU, chair of the First Year Engineering Experience committee, chair for the LTU KEEN Course Modification Team, chair for the LTU Leadership Curriculum Committee, supervisor of the LTU Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, coordinator of the Certificate/Minor in Aeronautical
Engineering, and faculty advisor of the LTU SAE Aero Design Team.

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Donald D. Carpenter Lawrence Technological University

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Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP is Professor of Civil Engineering at Lawrence Technological University where he teaches courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources. Dr. Carpenter has served as the University Director of Assessment and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He conducts funded pedagogical research and development projects, has published numerous engineering education papers, and provides faculty development workshops on effective teaching. In 2006, the Kern Family Foundation named Dr. Carpenter a Kern Fellow for Entrepreneurial Education recognizing his efforts to bring innovative team based problem solving into the engineering curriculum to promote the entrepreneurial mindset. In addition to his work on ethics and entrepreneurial skills, Dr. Carpenter is an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer. As founding Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, he conducts research on water management and routinely provides professional lectures/short courses on innovative stormwater treatment design and its role in Low Impact Development implementation.

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Paula Gangopadhyay The Henry Ford (museums)

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Paula Gangopadhyay is the Chief Learning Officer for The Henry Ford which includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Benson Ford Research Center, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, IMAX and Henry Ford Academy. She brings more than twenty years of experience in the cultural, education, policy and business sectors to her position.

In her current role as one of the core members of The Henry Ford’s senior management team, Gangopadhyay is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, concept, design and development of ‘education and learning’ in a broad and comprehensive sense. The Henry Ford collectively attracts over 1.7 million visitors a year, and has a mammoth collection of 26 million artifacts. Gangopadhyay is responsible for a vast array of onsite, online and offsite programs, products and experiences for a diverse set of audiences including students, educators, youth, families, adults as well as for higher education and organizational leadership.

Gangopadhyay led the visioning of a dynamic education strategic plan at The Henry Ford as well as the conceptualization and development of many paradigm-shifting educational products and programs. She spearheaded and developed game-changing curricula, Innovation 101 and Be an Innovator series which are currently being enthusiastically adopted and implemented by educators nationwide. This initiative was accepted as a national commitment to action in the STEM category, at the Clinton Global Initiative, America in 2013.

President Barack Obama appointed Gangopadhyay as a member of the National Board of Museums and Libraries for a four-year term in 2012. She is the recipient of the 2012 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) EdCom Award for Excellence in Practice, the 2014 Michigan Informal Educator of the Year from the Michigan Science Teachers Association and the prestigious 2014 Faraday Science Communicator Award from the National Science Teacher’s Association.

Gangopadhyay has a master’s degree in history, certification in archival, museum and editing studies and a fellowship in education policy.

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Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program – Collaborating with a Cultural Institution and Assessment ResultsBased on extensive feedback from employers, two of the most highly sought skills ofengineering graduates are creativity and innovation. More specifically engineers should be ableto identify a customer need and use creative problem solving to develop newventures/products/solutions. Thus many engineering colleges are incorporating innovation andcreativity into the engineering curriculum. With an already packed engineering curriculum, thiscan be a difficult task, so techniques for learning innovation are often delivered piecemeal overmultiple courses. Consequently, teaching the processes of creative problem solving andinnovation becomes disjointed among multiple courses. Therefore, XXX University developedand administered a week-long summer enrichment program (i.e., summer camp) forundergraduate engineering students focused on progressively building from the foundations ofthe creative process/competencies to the application of innovative techniques coupled withengineering design and problem solving. The program was primarily available to students withina multi-institutional collaboration composed of 19 engineering colleges spanning the U.S.dedicated to instilling the entrepreneurial mindset into engineering education. Over threesummers, the camp engaged students from many institutions and from multiple engineeringdisciplines. While this summer enrichment program was hosted by the University, the programis facilitated in close partnership with The Henry Ford, a nationally renowned cultural, historical,and educational destination.Throughout the week, the students explored the core competencies of creativity and innovationthrough activities and games. In addition, the students studied and implemented variousmethodologies of creative problem solving through teamwork on various problems and productdevelopment projects/tasks. To further emphasize innovation (and its relation to Americanhistory), two of the five weekdays were spent visiting the Henry Ford which includes the HenryFord Museum, Greenfield Village, a Ford F-150 truck assembly plant, and the Benson FordResearch Center where they participated in a college-level version of the Henry Ford’sInnovation 101 curriculum.This paper will explain the objectives and format of the program, summarize the benefits ofcollaborating with a local cultural institution, explain how this program can be transferable toother universities, discuss sustainability of a multi-college summer immersive experience, andpresent assessment results from the three offerings. Two different assessments were performed.First, at the beginning and end of the week, a pre- and post-test was conducted to determine thestudents’ general perceptions of creativity, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, the role ofcreativity in engineering, and their personal view on their own creativity. A comparison of thepre- and post-program surveys yields a positive shift in student 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. These assessment resultsyielded increasingly positive results from year-to-year which ultimately allowed for the programto be optimized based on student needs.

Gerhart, A. L., & Carpenter, D. D., & Gangopadhyay, P. (2015, June), Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity Summer Enrichment Program – Collaborating with a Cultural Institution and Assessment Results Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23761

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