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Informal Energy Education: Fuel Cell Exhibit Pilot Study

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Green Renewable Energy

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Engineering Technology

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22.872.1 - 22.872.10



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David W. Goodman Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. Goodman is an Assistant Professor and teaches courses in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology at IUPUI. His areas of expertise include electrical power systems, relay protection, computer control systems, solar thermal systems, and informal energy education. He has eight years of engineering experience at General Electric and Owens-Illinois, is a chapter advisor for Engineers Without Borders and he is a member of , ASES, AEE, ASHRAE, and, of course, ASEE.

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Heather L. Cooper The Soundcoat Company

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Heather L. Cooper is currently an acoustical and materials engineer at The Soundcoat Company in Deer Park, NY. She was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University from 2001 - 2008, where she taught courses and developed curriculum in energy/thermal sciences, machinery vibrations and diagnostics, power plant engineering, and motorsports technology. Her applied research and outreach programs focused on current and future energy technology and energy education. She served as an officer of the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division of ASEE from 2003 - 2008.

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Informal Energy Education: Fuel Cell DisplayRosentrater illuminated the growing need for renewable energy education, and this paperaddresses that by looking at the design, development, and implementation of an informal energyeducation display that was developed to be placed in a regional science museum. This studyexamined the hypothesis that an informal energy education display would yield a significantincrease in participant’s knowledge of energy concepts as well as motivation for and attitudestowards renewable energy. The display design was heavily influenced by Falk and was designedfrom a social constructivist perspective to target a range of learners from fourth grade levelthrough adulthood. An initial pilot study showed significant learning occurred, though onlylower level learning was assessed.Falk, John H. (1997). Testing a Museum Exhibition Design Assumption: Effect of ExplicitLabeling of Exhibit Clusters on Visitor Concept Development. Science Education Vol. 81 No.6p. 679-687.Rosentrater, K. A. & Al-Kalaani, Y. (2006). Renewable energy alternatives – a growingopportunity for engineering and technology education. The Technology Interface, 6(1), Spring2006. Retrieved September, 2009, from (

Goodman, D. W., & Cooper, H. L. (2011, June), Informal Energy Education: Fuel Cell Exhibit Pilot Study Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18162

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