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From Design to Reality: Guiding First-Year Students from Design to Makerspace Reality

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2018 FYEE Conference


Glassboro, New Jersey

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July 24, 2018

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July 24, 2018

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July 26, 2018

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Technical Session III

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Jack Bringardner New York University Orcid 16x16

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Jack Bringardner is an Assistant Professor in the General Engineering Department and Civil Engineering Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He teaches the First-Year Engineering Program course Introduction to Engineering and Design. He is also the Assistant Director of Vertically Integrated Projects at NYU. His Vertically Integrated Projects course is on Smart Cities Technology with a focus on transportation. His primary focus is developing curriculum, mentoring students, and engineering education research, particularly for project-based curriculum, first-year engineering, and transportation. He is active in the American Society for Engineering Education and is the Webmaster for the ASEE First-Year Programs Division. He is a part of the Transportation Engineering program in the NYU Civil and Urban Engineering department, helping with education initiatives for the Connected Cities for Smart Mobility Towards Resilient Transportation University Transportation Center. He is the advisor for NYU student chapter of the Institute for Transportation Engineers and Chair of the ITE Met Section Transportation Education Committee.

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Gunter W. Georgi NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering

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Gunter W. Georgi, a registered Professional Engineer, is an Industry Professor at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, New York. Prof. Georgi is the course director for the Introduction to Engineering and Design course. He received his B.S. from Cooper Union and his M.S. and professional M.E. degrees from Columbia University. He has worked many years in the aerospace industry in design, analysis, and management functions. His most challenging task was the responsibility for the Thermal Mission Analysis of the Lunar Module from Project Apollo.

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Victoria Bill NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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Victoria Bill is the MakerSpace Lab Manager and an adjunct professor in the First-Year Engineering Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She studied electrical engineering and received her B.S. from the Ohio State University and her M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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An existing introduction to engineering and design course at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering for first-year students was adapted to include guidance for first-year students to grow from early conceptual design to using the makerspace. A Rapid Assembly and Design (RAD) challenge embedded in NYU’s culture of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship was created that allows students to work on their own unique project. Lab exercises, instructional videos, and project working space were developed to support the open-ended projects that required the use of the makerspace. An end-of-semester survey was conducted to see if the participants in the RAD project benefited from the makerspace training and if the projects improved their engineering design abilities. A timeline of events and descriptions of the training are documented for others to reproduce.

Bringardner, J., & Georgi, G. W., & Bill, V. (2018, July), From Design to Reality: Guiding First-Year Students from Design to Makerspace Reality Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey.

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