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​​Empowering Underrepresented Groups to Excel in STEM Through Research Sprints

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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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Engineering Libraries Division Technical Session 3

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Daniel Christe Drexel University

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Daniel Christe has research interests at the nexus of mechanical engineering, materials science, and manufacturing centering on predictive design for functional fabrics that "see, communicate, sense, and adapt".

Daniel holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and an undergraduate degree in Materials Science, both from Drexel University.

Daniel splits his time between Drexel University and Elsevier, where he is a STEM Learning Strategist responsible for designing integrative learning experiences harnessing Elsevier's information solutions.

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Jay J. Bhatt Drexel University

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Jay Bhatt is responsible for building library collections in engineering subject areas, outreach to faculty and students, and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and related subject areas. He provides individual and small group consultations to students, instructional sessions to specific classes, online research support in both face to face and distance learning programs, and conducts workshops for specialized research areas. Jay is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education

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Christopher Michael Sales Drexel University

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Yaghoob Farnam Drexel University

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​​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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