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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Pre-College Engineering Education
Developing and using models is identified as an important Science and Engineering Practice of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The research project presented in this study attempts to demonstrate the effectiveness of using 3D pens to introduce biomedical engineering to elementary school students. This activity provided a means to teach engineering concepts while creating 3D models. The theoretical framework for this study is based on Piaget’s constructivist learning theory. This theory suggests that children create knowledge from the welding of new concepts with prior life experiences. The instructors established an educational setting focused on biomedical engineering where children created models with 3D pens. This was done by constructing prosthetics for toys to test against non-damaged appendages. At the beginning of the unit, students learned about biomedical engineering and 3D printing by reading a book and watching a YouTube Video. Next, they constructed prototypes of the broken parts from recycled plastic materials to scale their models. Then, students designed a new part for their broken toys using 3D pens. During the final stage, students attached the prosthesis for their toys using glue guns.
Grade Level: Elementary School
Learning Goals: Effectively design and construct a prototype prosthesis using a 3D pen.
Fidan, P., & Wendt, S. L., & Wendt, J., & Fidan, I. (2020, June), Enhancing STEM Education: Learning About Biomedical Engineering with 3-D Pens (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34573
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