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Curriculum Exchange: Engineering Speed Dating: An Introduction to the Disciplines of Engineering

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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

Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.433.1 - 26.433.3



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Alandra Kahl Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny

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Dr. Alandra Kahl currently teaches engineering design and sustainable systems at The Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny campus. She received her doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona in 2013, where her dissertation focused on the fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in an arid region. Dr. Kahl’s research interests include engineering of sustainable systems, treatment of emerging contaminants via natural systems and engineering education. She is the author of several technical papers and conference proceedings centered on environmental engineering. Her professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Curriculum Exchange: Engineering Speed Dating: An introduction to the disciplines of engineeringStudents are often overwhelmed by the proliferation of specialties available to them in the realm ofengineering. It is often the approach of the instructor to lecture to the students directly, rather thanallowing them to explore the areas for themselves. To meet this need, an activity was developed toexpose students to the various disciplines of engineering in an innovative and engaging way. Studentswere given giant whiteboards headed with the various disciplines and allowed a short interval in whichto write words or phrases with which they associated the discipline. This speed dating approach showedraw student knowledge of the subject by exploration, rather than being fed information by lecture.Following the activity, the words were collected to form word clouds, which were then discussed withthe students. This simple word association technique allowed the students to interact with the materialprior to discussion and demonstrate their knowledge. Participants were given short pre- and post-surveys to assess the impact of the activity on student awareness of the different disciplines bycollecting quantitative and qualitative data.

Kahl, A. (2015, June), Curriculum Exchange: Engineering Speed Dating: An Introduction to the Disciplines of Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23772

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