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Developing and Assessing a Music Technology and Coding Workshop for Young Women

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Girls in Engineering

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Abigail Jagiela University of St. Thomas


Jenna Laleman University of St. Thomas

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Jenna is a senior at the University of St. Thomas, finishing up her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and STEM Education with a minor in Psychology. Jenna collaborates with the Center for Engineering Education to create outreach curriculum. She works in her university's Playful Learning Lab which focuses on engaging students of all ages in hands-on, innovative engineering education, especially focusing on reaching the underrepresented within the STEM fields. Jenna also leads the University's STEPS (Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer) Program, developing the curriculum, leading the staff, and working as the primary researcher.

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Paige Huschka University of St. Thomas


Deborah Besser P.E. University of St. Thomas

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Dr. Besser is the chair of civil engineering and the director of the Center for Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas. Previous experience includes faculty positions in diverse universities where she has taught a variety of coursework including steel, timber, concrete and masonry design, construction management, engineering economy, engineering design/graphics and engineering education. Prior to teaching, Dr. Besser, a licensed engineer who holds a PhD in education and MS and BS in civil engineering, was a design engineer with HNTB-CA, where she worked on seismic retrofits and new design of high profile transportation structures.

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Annmarie Thomas University of St. Thomas

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AnnMarie Thomas is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas where she is the director of the UST Center for Engineering Education. Her research group, the Playful Learning Lab, focuses on engineering and design education for learners of all ages.

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This paper discusses a youth program offered at the University of St. Thomas that promotes interest and confidence in the fundamentals of circuitry and computer programming for girls 13-18 years old. The Code + Chords: Teen Tech program aimed to increase knowledge, awareness, and interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) concepts by exposing students to principles of engineering and programming in combination with aspects of music. This program emphasizes the creativity and design aspects of engineering which are often excluded from STEM outreach programs. Data was collected in multiple ways - participants were asked to complete pre-program and post-program surveys that inquired about their individual attitudes, knowledge, and experiences in STEAM. These questions were a combination of Likert-scale ranking assessments (answered on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree) and short answer questions. Students also completed informal journal entries after every session, documenting their thoughts on what they accomplished that day and how it could be improved.

Jagiela, A., & Laleman, J., & Huschka, P., & Besser, D., & Thomas, A. (2018, June), Developing and Assessing a Music Technology and Coding Workshop for Young Women Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30302

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