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Initiating Engineering Learning for Minority Students in Elementary Schools

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

October 6, 2017

Start Date

October 6, 2017

End Date

October 7, 2017

Conference Session

Mid Atlantic Papers

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Diversity and Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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7

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Emily Alexandra German Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Emily German, Senior Mechatronics Engineering student at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She is the President of Vaughn College’s Society of Women Engineers chapter.

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Niki Taylor Taheri Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Niki Taheri, Junior Mechatronics Engineering student at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She is the Vice-President of Vaughn College's Society of Women Engineers chapter.

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Shouling He Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Dr. Shouling He is an associate professor of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, where she is teaching the courses in Mechatronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. Her research interests include modeling and simulation, microprocessors and PLCs, control system designs and Robotics. She has published more than 45 journal and conference papers in these research areas.

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Abstract

Efforts to raise student interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers have increased in recent decades. The goal of such efforts is to satisfy the urgent need for scientists, engineers and technologists due to the consistent growth of innovative engineering products, such as smart phones, autonomous vehicles and so on. Educational researches show that the efforts to interest students in STEM majors and careers can be as early as in the elementary school level, the time when students begin to develop interests in engineering products around them. In this paper, we present one approach towards organizing an engineering workshop for elementary school students, particularly minority students, by educating them on how to build an engineering product: a speaker. After the workshop, the students not only learned the basic concepts of engineering and engineering product development, but also held and enjoyed a self-made product at home. The students’ responses indicate that while they had fun building the small device, they also understood the essential process to design and implement an engineering product. This could be of significance for them to gain an interest in engineering and eventually choose it as their future career.

German, E. A., & Taheri, N. T., & He, S. (2017, October), Initiating Engineering Learning for Minority Students in Elementary Schools Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/29383

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