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Engage Engineering and Science Students by Improving Their Spatial Visualization Skills

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Improving Visualization Skills

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Engineering Design Graphics

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22.567.1 - 22.567.13



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Yaomin Dong Kettering University

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Dr. Yaomin Dong is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1998. Dr. Dong has extensive R&D experience in automotive industry and holds multiple patents. Dr. Dong's areas of expertise include metalforming processes, design with composite materials, and finite element analysis.

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Jacqueline A. El-Sayed Marygrove College

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Engage Engineering and Science Students By Improving Their Spatial Visualization SkillsResearch has shown that students with enhanced spatial visualization skills, the ability tosee and think in 3-D, are more successful in engineering, technology, computer science,chemistry and mathematics courses. These skills can be developed over time and withtraining and practice. XXX (for blind review, will add later) University is one of the 10selected schools in the NSF – ENGAGE Group( The three main themes of the ENGAGEgrant are Faculty Interaction, Everyday Engineering Examples, and Spatial Visualization.This paper presents an approach to improve students’ spatial visualization skills forincreased student success. The proposed methodology includes two steps: identifyingstudents who should receive remediation in special visualization and improving theexisting Engineering Graphics course offerings. An online test [created by PurdueUniversity], a partner school in the ENGAGE project, was given to all engineering andscience freshman students at XXX University. Based on the results, all students whoscored lower than 68% will be recommended to take a 1-credit spatial visualizationcourse which will be developed as one of the deliverables in the NSF-ENGAGE grant. Inaddition, by testing students’ spatial visualization skills before and after the existinginitial Engineering Graphics course, several improvements were implemented. Anoverview of the proposed 1-credit course and the enhancements to the existingEngineering Graphics course are discussed.

Dong, Y., & El-Sayed, J. A. (2011, June), Engage Engineering and Science Students by Improving Their Spatial Visualization Skills Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17848

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