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Improving STEM Education by Analyzing the Design of a Bottle

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Mathematics Division Technical Session 2: Poster Presentations

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Alexander Henderson San Jose State University

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Alexander Henderson is an undergraduate student attending San Jose State University to attain a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering along with a minor in aviation. Since starting his college years as a freshman in 2015, he has participated in a wide variety of engineering courses that have helped him achieve multiple accomplishments. Two of these accomplishments include being recognized as a dean scholar by San Jose State University and collaborating in the development of an aeroshell for Spartan Hyperloop. After participating in the CSU system for five years, he knows the strengths and weaknesses that are present in the American education system today.

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Alexander Garcia San Jose State University

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Alexander Garcia is a student attending San Jose State University to attain a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his third semester he and his group presented the functionality of LEDs to early elementary school groups from another school. Before that, from 2008 to 2017, he attended community college, at first not knowing what his final goal was before deciding to pursue mechanical engineering and earning an associates degree in physics at Mission College.

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STEM education for students is an essential aspect of today’s education since it leads to greater development in the modern world and more technological achievements. Achieving this sort of education can be done by performing an engineering analysis to determine the volume content of a wine bottle. The project conducted here was to determine the volume of a wine bottle by measuring it at various points and using mathematics to perform this real-world analysis. Its objective is not only to reflect on what was done but to introduce it as a STEM-related project to encourage new growth within the STEM fields. There was also extended reasoning as to why STEM is important in today’s world through small examples of what already exists. This is done as a step toward increasing the standing that the United States holds currently within the world’s STEM community, which is low compared to other countries. This is partially due to a lack of interest that many American students have in STEM-related fields. To fix this, the STEM-related activities that students perform in schools today need to incorporate what they do in their everyday lives.

Henderson, A., & Garcia, A. (2020, June), Improving STEM Education by Analyzing the Design of a Bottle Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34794

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