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Implementing Project-Based Learning in Physics and Statics Courses

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

An Examination of Methods to Enhance Transfer Student Enrollment, Retenion, Persistence, and Outcomes

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Two Year College Division

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24.710.1 - 24.710.9



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Shen Liu West Kentucky Community and Technical College

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Dr. Shen Liu is an Associate Professor of Physics at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She is also an adjunct professor at University of Kentucky College of Engineering in Paducah campus. She got her BS and MS in Jet Propulsion from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University.

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Implementing Project-Based Learning in Pre-Engineering CoursesAbstractStudents at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) can pursue Universityof Kentucky’s Bachelor of Science degrees in either chemical or mechanical engineering withoutleaving home. All four years of classes can be taken on the WKCTC campus. Students in somepre-engineering courses, such as Statics and University Physics, occasionally fail to meet thelearning outcome targets in spite of the diligent work of faculty members teaching the courses.Students struggle with the connection between the concepts learned in class and the real world oreven their future careers in the engineering filed. To help students be better prepared for theupper-level engineering courses offered by four-year universities, I choose an instructionalapproach that engages students’ interest and motivation, relates the theoretical concepts studentsstudied inside the classroom and their applications explored during the activities outside of theclassroom and provides more opportunities for direct interactions among students. This paperpresents the implementation of project-based learning in Physics and Statics courses for pre-engineering majors at WKCTC. Three sample team projects are introduced in details and thelearning outcomes are also discussed.

Liu, S. (2014, June), Implementing Project-Based Learning in Physics and Statics Courses Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20602

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