June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.433.1 - 26.433.3
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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