June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Engineering Everyday Discovery Program: Motivating Middle School Children Interest in STEMMiddle school (6th – 8th grade) has been shown to be a crucial juncture for maintaining studentmotivation, interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM). Toward that end many summer informal STEM education experiences have beenestablished for middle school students. While these experiences can be very fun and engagingfor students, they often consist of prescribed experiments, projects, and investigations. Here wepresent a novel summer enrichment program, Engineering Everyday, which consists of both theprescribed experiments/activities and also a design project based investigation which allows thestudents to explore their imaginative side in the design and prototyping of an invention of theirown creation.The Engineering Everyday program, designed for middle school students, was a one week allday (8:15 am – 5:00 pm) summer camp on the campus of a public urban research university. Forpart of the day students participated in prescribed hands-on experiments and activities inbioengineering, computer science, robotics, and electrical circuits. During the second part of theprogram students were mentored in idea generations, design, research and prototyping theirinvention. The day concluded with various indoor/outdoor free play activities. The weekconcluded with the students presenting their inventions (flip chart and oral) to engineeringfaculty, technology transfer faculty, parents and friends.While the sample size is not large, the student evaluations are overwhelmingly positive and showthat a one week, interdisciplinary summer informal STEM education program can provide aneducational experience which fosters with children’s motivation, interest, and awareness inSTEM.
Hargraves, R. H., & Waller, L. M. (2015, June), Engineering Everyday Discovery Program: Motivating Middle School Children's Interest in STEM Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23963
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