June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
The gap in the area of advanced manufacturing skilled workforce and the efforts in guiding veterans towards STEM careers are merged in the NSF funded project presented in this paper. While a lot of products and educational programs are currently available for young population, various K-12 levels, to increase their interest in STEM and engineering careers in particular, a limited availability of such programs addresses adult population, and veterans were the group targeted by the project presented here. The study presented focuses on developing and implementing a series of workshops for veterans that uses bio-inspired robots as a learning platform. The design, making and controlling of bio-inspired robots require knowledge of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, and have the potential to spark interest in a wide variety of engineering pathways. The paper discusses the topics covered by the workshops, the scaffolding of the activities, and the assessment conducted on how the bio-inspired robotics activities may influence veterans’ attitude towards advanced manufacturing careers.
Popescu, O., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Kaipa, K., & Arcaute, K., & Dean, A. W. (2019, June), Impact of Bioinspired Robots on Veterans Pursuing STEM Degrees Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32925
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