June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Pre-College Engineering Education
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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