June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Women in Engineering
24.463.1 - 24.463.11
Effects of Two Experientially-‐Correct Introduction To Engineering Modules on Prospective Female Engineering Students “Experientially Correct Introduction to Engineering” (ECIE) is a loosely defined term coined by the authors to refer to any introductory academic engineering exercise that deliberately aims to incorporate as many aspects of real-‐engineering as possible in order to create an experience that accurately reflects the practice of engineering. For incoming students, up to the point when they arrive on a college campus, most introductory engineering activity is intended to entice or awaken the student to the possibilities of engineering. ECIE exercises, on the other hand, aim for accuracy of practice as a counter measure to downstream attrition resulting from shifting perceptions of engineering as students progress through the curriculum. In this paper, we discuss the challenges and the effects of developing two six-‐week summer bridge ECIE modules for prospective female engineering students who have no prior technical training and no prior skill in the supporting trades. Details of module development philosophy including choice of activity, technical difficulty, relevance, disciplinary diversity, etc. are discussed. Effects of the modules are assessed by student survey. It is found that what students reported to be their greatest surprise about engineering based on their ECIE module experience can be generally grouped into 4 recurring themes: 1) Engineering can be largely trial-‐and-‐error and not necessarily math-‐intensive. 2) Engineering is highly demanding in terms of attention to detail. 3) Engineering can have a very large impact on society 4) Engineering can be an isolating discipline for the practitioner. Suggestions on how this insight might be used to attract and retain more female students to engineering are provided.
Volcy, J. (2014, June), Effects of Two Experientially-Correct Introduction to Engineering Modules on Prospective Female Engineering Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20354
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