Asee peer logo

Laboratory Projects Appropriate for Non-Engineers and Introduction to Engineering

Download Paper |


2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees

Page Count


Page Numbers

22.997.1 - 22.997.12



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

John Krupczak Hope College


Kate A Disney Mission College

visit author page

Engineering Facutly, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

visit author page

Download Paper |


Laboratory Projects Appropriate for Non-Engineers and Introduction to EngineeringA group from engineering programs at both four and two year colleges has developedlaboratory modules with an emphasis on activities and perspectives shown to besuccessful in technological literacy courses for non-engineering students. To meet theneeds of community college engineering programs, the logistical and commercialfeasibility of shipping boxes or palettes of equipment was investigated. This will allowcommunity colleges to borrow, rent, or lease rather than own the equipment. Theselaboratories are suitable for use in either introduction to engineering or technologicalliteracy courses. The laboratories attempt to utilize insights from non-engineeringstudents to determine themes that may enliven introduction to engineering courses.Beginning engineering students may have interests more closely aligned with their non-engineer peers than current engineering professionals. Technological literacy courses ona number of campuses have found that non-engineers respond positively to material that afocuses on technology familiar to the students in their everyday life, use extensive verbaland graphical explanations, and include useful information that helps to establish a senseof empowerment regarding technology. Eight laboratory projects were created and testedboth with non-engineering students and students enrolled in introduction to engineeringclasses. Projects include building and testing common technological devices such asspeakers, amplifiers, motors, and a photovoltaic battery charger. Testing was based oncontent tests administered to the students before and after completing the project. Thiswork was supported by the National Science Foundation under award: DUE-xxxxxxx.

Krupczak, J., & Disney, K. A. (2011, June), Laboratory Projects Appropriate for Non-Engineers and Introduction to Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18982

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2011 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015