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June 26, 2011
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Impact of Project Based Learning in Introduction to Engineering/ Technology Class Abstract: Project based learning (PBL) has a proven record as a teaching tool. Conceptsthat are often hard to grasp are made easy by the use of project based activities. Theconstructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participatingin the process of learning. The Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Technology class has beenmodified to include project based learning kits to engage freshmen early on in theprogram. The goal is to demonstrate students the link between the scientific principlesand their engineering applications. The course is team taught by faculty from variousengineering and technology disciplines to provide students experience related to multiplefields to help them identify their career discipline. Students work in groups to builddevices and test them. Student evaluations indicate a marked increase in learning and comprehension ofscientific principles and engineering concepts. The paper will discuss the design anddevelopment effort that have gone into creating the PBL kits that were developed relatedto Marine and Maritime industry. It will also discuss implementation within the courseand results from pre and post surveys from students.
Verma, A. K. (2011, June), Impact of Project Based Learning in Introduction to Engineering/ Technology Class Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18082
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