Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Empowering Underrepresented Groups to Excel in STEM Through Research Sprints Learning today is increasingly contextual, embodied, and on-demand. New modes of empowerment through technology are reshaping where, when, and how learning occurs. Research sprints are an integrative, fast-paced, active learning experience emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and communication in which teams "sprint" to find the information needed to solve a challenge. The participants must work together to harvest the information and create appropriate visuals to communicate it in presentations and via social media channels (e.g. Mendeley and Twitter). Two workshops were given during the Summer of 2017 entitled, “Self-Healing Infrastructure,” to female URM middle school students participating in Girls Inc (12 students), and URM high school student participating in the Franklin Institute STEM Scholars program (15 students), respectively. The session's design created the context for students to (i) actively harvest research information using online library tools, such as Engineering Village, (ii) gain hands-on experiments observing healing of concrete by bacteria, and (iii) synthesize and present their findings via graphical abstracts, all in a compressed timespan of 3-4 hours. The graphical abstracts provided visual insights into learners' research pathways from online to laboratory work. In addition to the primary school group reported here, the model has also been tested in undergraduate and graduate engineering classrooms as a way to foster active inquiry and collaborative behaviors.
Christe, D., & Bhatt, J. J., & Sales, C. M., & Farnam, Y. (2018, June), Empowering Underrepresented Groups to Excel in STEM Through Research Sprints Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30369
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