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Enhancing STEM Education: Learning About Biomedical Engineering with 3-D Pens (Resource Exchange)

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 13

Tagged Division

Pre-College Engineering Education

Page Count

5

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34573

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https://peer.asee.org/34573

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Perihan Fidan Tennessee Tech University

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Perihan is a faculty member at the Curriculum and Instruction department at Tennessee Tech University. Her current research interests include STEM education, 3D printing, and incorporating literacy into STEM classrooms. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, National Science Teaching Association, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Association of Multicultural Education.

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Stephanie L. Wendt Tennessee Tech University

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Dr. Stephanie Wendt is an Associate Professor at Tennessee Tech University. She teaches undergraduate science methods and field experience courses to elementary pre-service teachers. She also teaches graduate courses in science methods, learning theory, grant writing, and educational technology. She is a member of the Tennessee Science Education Leadership Association (TNSELA) and Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA), and is a former representative of the Board of Directors for TSTA. Dr. Wendt also serves as a reviewer for NSTA’s peer-reviewed journal Science and Children. She participates in leading professional development for K-12 educators pertaining to science education at the state and national levels. Dr. Wendt focuses on helping pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and elementary students develop a love for science and works to promote STEM in K-12 classrooms and the teacher preparation program at Tennessee Tech University.

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Jeremy Wendt Tennessee Tech University

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Dr. Jeremy Wendt is the Chair for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Tennessee Tech University. He is also a Professor of Educational Technology. Since coming to TTU in 2003, Dr. Wendt has over 200 presentations at different local, regional, national, and international venues related to educational technology. Grant work for the department, college, and university has created many opportunities for collaboration in PreK-16 settings related to technologies such as iPads, Interactive Whiteboards, Virtual Reality and Assistive Technologies.

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Ismail Fidan Tennessee Tech University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4233-1049

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Currently, Dr. Fidan serves as a Professor of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology at Tennessee Tech University. His research and teaching interests are in additive manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, distance learning, and STEM education. Dr. Fidan is a member and active participant of SME, ASEE, ABET, ASME, and IEEE. He is also the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.

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Abstract

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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