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Initial Impact of an Experiment-centric Teaching Approach in Several STEM Disciplines

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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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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NSF Grantees: Diversity 2

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15

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10.18260/1-2--34829

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Jumoke 'Kemi' Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8645-696X

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Dr. J. ’Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a joint Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University and UMDNJ. Dr. Ladeji-Osias’ involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes adapting portal laboratory instrumentation into experiments from multiple STEM disciplines. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Oludare Adegbola Owolabi P.E. Morgan State University

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Dr. Oludare Owolabi, a professional engineer in Maryland, joined the Morgan State University faculty in 2010. He is the director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Development, Smart Innovations and Resilient Engineering Research at Morgan State University and the Interim Associate Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering as well as the director of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory. He is the accreditation coordinator and the Chair of the curriculum for the CE department. He has over 25 years of outstanding experience in practicing, teaching and research in Civil Engineering. He is also an expert in, geotechnical engineering, field experiential education, sustainable infrastructure development and management, advanced modeling and possesses the required expertise to address the challenges of advanced material research and development. His academic background and professional skills allow him to teach a range of courses across three different departments in the school of engineering. This is a rare and uncommon achievement. He is a great proponent of experiential learning pedagogy.

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Krishna Bista Morgan State University

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Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, Maryland (USA).

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Uttam Gaulee

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Ayodeji B. Wemida Morgan State University

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Ayodeji Wemida is a Master’s student at Morgan State University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on cybersecurity in 2018. As part of his commitment to learning and excellence, he has served as a tutor both on and off Morgan State’s campus and has also led class sessions as a Teaching Assistant in the school of engineering. He is currently working towards completing his Masters of Engineering degree while developing his analog and digital design skills.

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Steve Efe Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9194-1580

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Dr. Steve Efe is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering Research. He obtained his Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a major in Structural Engineering and minor in Construction from Morgan State University. He has more than 15 years of outstanding experience in practicing, teaching, and research in civil and transportation engineering. He is experienced in project management, inspection and construction supervision, adaptive materials and construction techniques, high performance material testing and simulations, material modeling and computational mechanics. His major areas of research interest are structural engineering, construction, sustainable infrastructure, new material development, physical and numerical modeling of structures, and engineering education.

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Akinyele Oni Morgan State University

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Dr. Akinyele Oni is a faculty in the department of Biology at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He earned academic degrees in the Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Criminal Justice (Forensics), and Bio-Environmental Sciences at B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels respectively. Having worked in the Industrial and Manufacturing sectors of food processing, brewery, and ink manufacture for two decades, the combined knowledge from various fields has guided his research focus to be fully interdisciplinary and environmental.
Dr. Oni has been involved in the development of algorithm that focus on the “Determinants of Health Disparities in Baltimore City neighborhoods”, “Determination of variations in water qualities resulting from the use of concrete and other construction materials in culverts and in-stream constructions and designs of roads”, “The use of advanced treatment technologies for the decontamination of wastewater”.
STEM curriculum development initiatives include “the training of students from diverse academic majors in biomedical research” towards graduate and medical school admissions, “Reconciling Evolution and Religion”, “Introduction to Probability and Decision Making”, “Environmental Data Driven Inquiry and Exploration” among others.
His initiatives and efforts have helped train and prepare students for contemporary applied workforce-ready and workforce-related knowledge acquisitions.

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Adedayo Ariyibi Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1812-5843

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Dr. Adedayo Ariyibi is a faculty in the Department of Biology, Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to joining the department in 2010, the Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology of the Veterinary School, University of Ibadan, Nigeria appointed Ariyibi as Lecturer 11 and later Lecturer 1 to pioneer the teaching and research in Veterinary Biochemistry from 1992 to 2000. Dr. Ariyibi relocated to the United States for Post-doctoral appointment at Carver Research Center and concurrently served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Tuskegee University from 2001 until 2010.
Dr. Adedayo Ariyibi, a Veterinarian by profession, trained at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and an MSc in Biochemistry. Ariyibi’s research area of interests are Using Innovative Technology and Techniques to Enhance and Enrich the Learning Experience of Science in and outside the confinement of a classroom and laboratory.

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Caroline Gathigia Ndirangu Morgan State University

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Ms. Caroline Ndirangu has earned a Bachelors degree in Science from The University of Nairobi, Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Science (Biology) at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently working in a molecular microbiology lab for her thesis and as a research assistant for the Experiment Centric Pedagogy (ECP) project that aims to promote students' academic achievement in STEM.

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Emmanuel Olamidotun Olanrewaju Morgan state university

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Masters student at Morgan state university. achieved an undergraduate degree in Electrical engineering with a concentration in cybersecurity.

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Seong Lee Morgan State University

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Oludayo Samuel Alamu Morgan State University

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Mr. Alamu is a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University where he conducts qualitative and quantitative research works leading to development. He has participated and led several innovative research works and he is a member of the rocketry team at Morgan State University. He has authored and co-authored several publications with the recent one on the use of additive manufacturing in building a liquid propellant rocket engine nozzle.

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Mehdi Shokouhian Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9823-0661

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Dr. Shokouhian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Morgan State University. His research focuses on performance-based design of structures made of high performance steel and concrete using theoretical, numerical and experimental methods. He has participated in many research projects and has published several peer-reviewed journal papers since 2004.

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Sotonye Ikiriko Morgan State University

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Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko is currently a Doctoral student and Research Associate in the Department of Civil Engineering, Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to joining the department in January of 2019, Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Tennessee State, where she obtained her master’s degree in civil engineering. Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko obtained her Bachelor of Engineering (B.ENG) in civil engineering from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Port Harcourt Nigeria. Her passion for innovative and sustainable engineering research has led Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko to participate in several engineering research. In 2019 Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was part of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Project on Noise Abatement Decisions for the state of Maryland and co-authored the report 'HIGHWAY GEOMETRICS AND NOISE ABATEMENT DECISION'. In 2017 and 2018 Ms. Sotonye Ikiriko was part of a research sponsored by the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC). And has authored, co-authored, and presented research papers published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and other engineering conferences across the United States.

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Antony Kinyua Morgan State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8164-7644

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Dr Kinyua is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and currently affiliated to the Physics Department at Morgan State University (MSU) as an adjunct faculty member, teaching Engineering Physics and Earth Sciences. He has more than 30 years’ experience in quality control of material products by use of Nuclear and Related Analytical Techniques (NRATs) and the teaching of engineering principles of momentum and the changing mass of a rocket. As part of his course in 2014 he participated in the installation and launching of the MSU Weather Station that received campus wide publication (https://news.morgan.edu/morgan-launches-new-campus-weather-station/). Through the MSU-NASA GESTAR program, he has also participated in the training of MSU students in Satellite data analysis and recommended some to NASA scientists as student interns. Since 2016, Dr. Kinyua has participated in some training projects with All Nations University (ANU) in Ghana, West Africa that have led to the development and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morgan State University and NASA that culminated in the launch of Ghana’s first historic satellite GhanaSat-1 in July 2017.

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Abstract

According to National Science Foundation data, African American students comprise 2% of the B.S. degree recipients in the geosciences, 2.6% in physics and 3.9% in engineering, while Blacks comprise 14.9% of the college-aged population. There is therefore an urgent need for Historical Black Colleges and Universities, which produce a large number of African American STEM graduates, to increase their focus on broadening STEM participation among underrepresented black students. Thus, there are untapped opportunities to develop intervention strategies and programs to increase recruitment, retention, and success of minorities in STEM and the workforce. The Experiment Centric Pedagogy (ECP) has been successful in promoting motivation and enhancing academic achievement of African American electrical engineering students. ECP uses a portable electronic instrumentation system, paired with appropriate software and sensors, to measure a wide range of properties, such as vibration and oxygen levels.

This work in progress describes the initial adaptation of an evidence-based, experiment-focused teaching approach in biology, chemistry, civil engineering, industrial engineering, transportation systems, and physics. ECP will be utilized in these disciplines in various settings, such as in traditional classrooms, teaching laboratories, and at home use by students. Instructors use ECP for in-class demonstrations, for cooperative group experiments, and for homework assignments. The paper will highlight the criteria used for selection of initial experiments to adapt, the modifications made, and resulting changes in the course delivery. Preliminary results will be provided using measures of key constructs associated with student success, such as motivation, epistemic and perceptual curiosity, engineering identity, and self-efficacy. This project is conducted at a minority serving institution and most participants are from groups historically underrepresented in STEM.

Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Owolabi, O. A., & Bista, K., & Gaulee, U., & Wemida, A. B., & Efe, S., & Oni, A., & Ariyibi, A., & Ndirangu, C. G., & Olanrewaju, E. O., & Lee, S., & Alamu, O. S., & Shokouhian, M., & Ikiriko, S., & Kinyua, A. (2020, June), Initial Impact of an Experiment-centric Teaching Approach in Several STEM Disciplines Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34829

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