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Evaluation of STEM+Art Collaboration for Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology Laboratory

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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

Capstone Projects and Experiential Learning

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Engineering Technology

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22.653.1 - 22.653.13



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Brian D Vuksanovich Youngstown State University

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Mechanical Engineering Technology
Youngstown State University

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Darrell R Wallace Youngstown State University

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Evaluation of STEM+Art Collaboration for Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology LaboratoryThe need to restore manufacturing competitiveness in the United States has become increasinglyevident over the past decade. A common weakness that has been identified in much of the relatedliterature is that engineers need a broader skill set than is currently contained in the coreengineering curricula. Key skill deficiencies that have been identified include creative thinking,entrepreneurship, and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary groups.For the past 3 years, a project at _______ University dubbed the Cooperative Laboratory(CoLab) has brought together students from STEM and the Fine and Performing Arts to work onchallenging design problems. Through the CoLab project, engineering technology studentshave been able to work on real-world, open ended projects with both technical and non-technicalconstraints. Thus far, initial development of the program has focused on Mechanical EngineeringTechnology students from STEM. Through the program, students have gained opportunities to:  develop innovative solutions to loosely defined problems  work with diverse multi-disciplinary colleagues towards a common goal; this involves negotiation and compromise  maintain design intent while addressing cost and market factors  practice leadership and self-direction in completing the project  communicate technical aspects of designs with non-technical colleagues  be responsible for project planning and scheduling considering resources and deadlinesThis paper explores the relevance of the identified metrics from the perspective of industry,specifically local and regional. It presents a preliminary evaluation of the effectiveness of CoLabby comparing students who have gone through the program as compared with those who havefollowed a traditional Engineering Technology curriculum. Current issues with implementation,student evaluation and outcome assessment are addressed. This includes a discussion of how thegoals that the Performing Arts can be met compatibly with the needs of the EngineeringTechnology program. Finally, recommendations for future adaptation, improvement andexpansion of the CoLab methodology are proposed.

Vuksanovich, B. D., & Wallace, D. R. (2011, June), Evaluation of STEM+Art Collaboration for Multidisciplinary Engineering Technology Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17934

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