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Gizmo Festival: K-‐8 Outreach as a Design/ Build for Engineering Students The Gizmo Project is completed by first-‐year engineering students as the final exercise in their introductory course. The students, in teams of 3-‐4, must design and build a “gizmo” that can demonstrate a given concept from science, mathematics, or engineering. Concepts are submitted by local teachers, scout leaders, or teachers-‐in-‐training. Students generate their own constraints and goals in addition to any imposed by the teachers/volunteers and the faculty imposed constraint that any Gizmo must be both safe and composed of $20 or less in materials. Concepts as diverse as “half-‐life” and “surface tension” have been foci of past Gizmos. This project acts as K-‐8 outreach in two important ways. First, the Gizmos are demonstrated in an interactive Expo, open to teachers, volunteers, children and parents. Typical attendance is over 200 people, about half of whom are K-‐8 students. Second, the Gizmos are given away by the end of the Expo event to any teacher or other adult who requests them, for continued use in educational settings. Survey data indicate that the Expo and Gizmos are very positively received by K-‐8 students as well as their parents and teachers, while achieving its educational objectives for the first year students.
Vigeant, M. A., & Smolleck, L. (2011, June), Gizmo Festival: K-8 Outreach as a Design/Build for Engineering Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18027
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