June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
22.954.1 - 22.954.13
ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition Abstract Introduce Engineering to 6th graders via “Speed Dating”The School of Engineering at XXX University offers several outreach programs to the P-12community impacting more than a 1000 students over the past year. The goal of this paper is todescribe the presentation and implementation of a unique outreach program specially designedfor sixth grade students. The program incorporated hands-on activities from all the engineeringmajors offered at this school into a fun interactive day within a limited amount of time. Thispaper will provide the details of each workshop as well as results from the assessment surveysgiven to the students and the teachers at the end of the program.Workshops were designed to be hands-on and focus on either computer, software, electrical,mechanical or plastics engineering. Topics covered included binary math, electrical circuits, boatdesign, the properties of plastic materials and bridge designs. The event was sponsored by a localcompany through an Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. They presented a workshopon the properties and uses of magnets which is the specialty of this particular company. Onehundred and thirty-eight sixth grade students from three different elementary schools participatedin this program.The challenge was to design a program for a large number of attendees and still showcase theengineering majors mentioned above to every single participant within a time duration of 3hours. A distinctive feature of this event was how the workshops lasted for a short duration andstill managed to be fun and interactive. Students were divided into groups of 11-12 and wererotated through the activities every 15 minutes.This paper will detail the program and each of the activities. The paper will be concluded withresults from surveys taken from participants as well as teachers at the end of the event.
Ford, M. R., & Dave, V., & Holliday-Darr, K. (2011, June), Introduce Engineering to 6th Graders via “Speed Dating” Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18159
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