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Exploring Young Women’s Interest in Fluid Power with Workshop Experiences

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 8

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Women in Engineering

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Diversity

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14

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https://peer.asee.org/37168

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17

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Anne M. Lucietto Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0053-753X

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies.

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Jennifer D. Moss Emporia State University

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Jennifer D. Moss, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Her work is centered around educational psychology, examining motivation of students and teachers. She works primarily in self-determination theory, hoping to partner with instructors at all levels to create autonomy-supportive learning environments and promote instructor well-being. Dr. Moss has presented and published nationally and internationally. She teaches developmental and educational psychology courses for graduate and undergraduates.

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Jose M. Garcia Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3017-3354

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Dr. Jose Garcia has been involved in several local and statewide recruitment events, where he was able to develop short workshops in fluid power and STEM. He is also working on the development of a new generation of hydraulic components and systems that can operate using environmentally friendlier fluids. Dr. Garcia has plans to actively continue the development of practical teaching tools that bring industry applications to the classroom.

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John H. Lumkes Purdue University

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John Lumkes is the Assistant Dean & Associate Director, Office of Academic Programs, in the College of Agriculture, and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Lumkes received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. His current work focuses on agricultural automation and mechanization, international service-learning, fluid power, innovation and design, multi-domain modeling of dynamic systems, and mechatronics.

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Abstract

Fluid power is not an engineering topic usually presented to students in grades K-12. However undergraduate students in various programs are required to learn this concept. Evidence exists that indicates college students are more easily engaged when fluid power has been introduced earlier in their schooling. Thus, a variety of organizations are beginning work toward providing programs to creatively present the topic to younger students. After an examination of existing literature, we found minimal evidence of this type of work having been carried out and reported on.

This study examines data from workshops designed to introduce fluid power to middle and high school students. These workshops introduced the use of fluid power components along with relevant theory. Students were queried after the workshop and after to assess interest/enjoyment, motivation, and interest in the workshop materials.

The results presented in this paper are useful for future workshop designers and presenters. We share specific information regarding student interest, timing, and type of materials that result in higher levels of interest along with the quality of presentation and demonstration materials. Also providing guidance on how gender makeup of groups during the workshop influenced these results. Further research opportunities are presented as well as suggestions on how to continue to increase interest, enjoyment, and value in fluid power as this may be applicable other areas of STEM.

Lucietto, A. M., & Moss, J. D., & Garcia, J. M., & Lumkes, J. H. (2021, July), Exploring Young Women’s Interest in Fluid Power with Workshop Experiences Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37168

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