June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Cooperative & Experiential Education
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Encounter Engineering in Europe, Equipping Students to be Successful in the Global Market Place Collaboration between XX’s College of Engineering and College of Humanities andSocial Sciences (CHSS) culminated into the inaugural session of Encounter Engineering inEurope (E3), for the summer 2010. The partnership was established in August 2009 when theCollege of Engineering joined the established German history and language study abroadprogram to create a new opportunity exclusively for engineering students. E3 was designed witha dual purpose: 1) to operate in tandem with the CHSS , capitalizing on the program’s successesby utilizing the existing housing and travel logistics and 2) to offer students an opportunity tobroaden their engineering education with a transatlantic experience thus building on the college’ssuccessful Encounter Engineering bridge program. The main goal of the program is to useexperiential learning to present students technical knowledge and historical perspectives ofmanufacturing processes in the United States and in Germany. In addition to the academiccontent, students’ experiences while traveling provide valuable lessons in cultural sensitivity,geographic awareness and international partnerships. These tools and skills are necessary forconnecting and communicating in today’s global economy. The E3 pilot program included 7 engineering students partnered with the 19 historymajors traveling to Germany for 5 weeks. While overseas, the students were enrolled for a totalof six credit hours. In conjunction with the coursework, students toured various manufacturingfacilities and universities in Germany. Industry tours included BMW and AUDI automobilefactories, Siemens Medical research division, the Adidas shoe production line and the Staedtlerpencil manufacturing facilities. Students participated in local activities by attending a “Meet andGreet” with the Bavarian state government, public viewings of the World Cup, and a variety oflocal festivals. Upon completion of the program, student’s technical knowledge and cultural awarenesswere evaluated by a variety of methods. Assessment was based on a research paper completedprior to travel, pre and post tests of a geographical map of Germany, written reports of interviewswith native people, journals and blogs maintained throughout the duration of the program, and afinal project. Results of the assessment showed that students not only learned the technicalaspects of the manufacturing processes but also developed awareness of the diversity of thesystems and the people in the regions. All of the students improved in their geographicalknowledge of the country. Currently, the E 3 students are continuing their global partnership andeducation through a collaborative project with the German Embassy. In conclusion, the pilot program of Encounter Engineering in Europe was successful inmeeting its course objectives, cultivating an interdisciplinary initiative with the College of Artand providing an avenue to further engage students after the freshmen bridge program.Expansion of the E3 program is expected due to the 2010 participants recruiting other studentsfrom the Encounter Engineering bridge camp and several freshmen engineering courses. Todate, four peer mentors (upperclassmen who lead the 2010 E2 camp) are signed up for the 2011E3 program.
Davis, P., & Johnson, S. D., & Allain, E. M., & Leder, H. T., & Waggenspack, W. N. (2011, June), Encounter Engineering in Europe, Equipping Students to be Successful in the Global Market Place Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17841
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