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I2D2: Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Design

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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25.707.1 - 25.707.14



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Kerry Meyers University of Notre Dame

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Kerry L. Meyers is a Professional Faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is an instructor and coordinator in the First-year Engineering program and is also involved with students at a variety of levels including a graduate student teaching apprentice program, an undergraduate peer mentoring program, and STEM outreach). She has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, M.S. in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, and completed her Ph.D. in engineering education at Purdue University. Meyers has several years of industrial experience in automotive design, but has since shifted her focus to engineering education.

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Victoria E. Goodrich University of Notre Dame

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Jay B. Brockman University of Notre Dame


Jay Caponigro University of Notre Dame

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Jay Caponigro is the Drector of community engagement in the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. In this position, Caponigro supports the Associate Vice President in the development, execution and measurement of the institution’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with the local community. Caponigro holds a master's in religious studies degree from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in government and international studies from Notre Dame. With experience as a faith-based community organizer early in his career, Caponigro was the founding director of the Robinson Community Learning Center, a 10-year-old educational partnership between the university and the northeast neighborhood of South Bend. In that capacity, he was the PI on community-based projects through the Department of Justice, the Small Business Administration, and HUD’s Office of University Partnerships, where he also served as a reviewer. Caponigro has co-authored articles in Christian Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

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I2D2: Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design A large-scale collaborative learning project involving first-year engineering students at aprivate research university and fifth graders from local schools was implemented during the fallsemesters of 2010 and 2011. Entitled “I2D2: Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design,”the project focuses upon two of the most basic modes of thought employed by engineers andscientists: creativity in coming up with new ideas, and using experimentation to test ideas.While this could be classified as an outreach event, the program was developed for the dualpurpose of both the college and fifth grade students. The college students worked with the fifthgrade students on LEGO® activities and then had the opportunity to talk with them about theirideas for a Robotic Pet – in this way serving as a “customer” to a first-year engineering designproject. For the fifth grade students, the goal was to offer exposure to university setting andinstill an interest and recognition of the engineering / scientific process to help prepare them fortheir science fair projects. In addition to participating in hands on activities, the fifth gradesstudents went on a tour, led by engineering students, that was focused on STEM education. Thefifth grade students were surveyed before and after the program and results showed an increasedinterest in college, science, and engineering (science and engineering were statisticallysignificant. The results indicate that while fifth grade students are already interested in going tocollege, exposure through hands-on activities with college students can increase their interestlevel in STEM fields. Future plans for improved program administration are discussed.

Meyers, K., & Goodrich, V. E., & Brockman, J. B., & Caponigro, J. (2012, June), I2D2: Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21464

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