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Designing and Implementing a Transdisciplinary Engineering Camp (Evaluation, Diversity)

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Energy & Technology in Pre-College Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Pre-College Engineering Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32618

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https://peer.asee.org/32618

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80

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Meera N. K. Singh University of Calgary

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Meera Singh obtained her PhD. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, specializing in fatigue life prediction methods. Following her PhD studies, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where she was a faculty member for 12 years. During that time, she conducted research primarily in the area of the fatigue behaviour of composite materials, regularly taught courses in applied mechanics, and served as the Chair for the Women in Science and Engineering Committee. Meera joined the University of Calgary in 2015.

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Krista Francis University of Calgary

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Krista Francis is an assistant professor and Academic Program Director of the M.Ed. Design-based Learning at Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research is about systemic approaches for improving K-16 STEM education. Her more recent projects are investigating the intersection of mathematics, spatial reasoning and coding.

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Julia Anna Patricia Sather University of Calgary

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Julia has been working in Active Living at the University of Calgary since 2008. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a BSc(Kin) in 2010 and BEd in 2013, Julia became the Program Coordinator for Minds in Motion in 2014, which later developed into also coordinating Design Camp, Physics Camp, Geography Camp and Business Camp! She is passionate about inspiring youth to explore, enrich their knowledge and be active!

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Philip Egberts University of Calgary Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3353-4493

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Philip Egberts obtained his Ph.D. from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada specializing in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, while completing most of his research at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany. Following his PhD studies, he joined the Carpick Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics department at the University of Pennsylvania as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF). He is currently teaching and doing research in engineering education and nanotechnology in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary.

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Abstract

Minds in Motion is a University of ________ initiative dedicated to encouraging youth to explore science, engineering, and technology through hands-on, inquiry-based projects executed during summer camps and classroom workshops. The program has evolved over the past 20 years in response primarily to advances in teaching and learning pedagogy. This paper focusses on the evolution of one particular week-long summer camp, the Energy Engineering Camp. Like many other science and engineering camps, the Energy Engineering camp historically focussed on covering topics by completing modular activities associated with distinct engineering disciplines. In other words, the camps followed constructivist principals and incorporated experiential learning methods. While the feedback from the campers was positive, the modular nature of the activities lacked the connections that are associated with multiple disciplinary learning and more current design pedagogy. Building on current understandings of how children learn, we evolved the camp program to focus on transdisciplinary inquiry. Specifically, the campers were tasked with completing a design project that linked several activities associated with concepts in electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, social issues, business, and art together. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, the design project was to build and power a metropolis with sustainable energy as interpreted by these fields. This paper will highlight the key changes that were implemented in the camp in response to advances in teaching and learning pedagogy since its inception. A description of the recent camps that adopted a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning are described and the impact of these camps on both male and female camper’s experience is detailed.

Singh, M. N. K., & Francis, K., & Sather, J. A. P., & Egberts, P. (2019, June), Designing and Implementing a Transdisciplinary Engineering Camp (Evaluation, Diversity) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32618

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