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MAKER: Hands-On Engineering Scavenger Hunt, a CNC Clue Challenge

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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26.1117.1 - 26.1117.6



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Robyn Paul University of Calgary Orcid 16x16

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Robyn is a Master of Science candidate in Civil Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. At present, her research focuses on the nebulous field of engineering leadership education, specifically its impact on early career success. Over and above her academic endeavors, she has co-founded the Engineering Education Students’ Society and is involved with initiatives to collaborate nationally and internationally, creating a space to increase the conversation with students about engineering education.

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Kim Gould Pivotal Projects

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Kim Gould graduated from the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering in 2011 with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, specializing in Energy and the Environment. She is currently working on building construction and renovation projects at Pivotal Projects, where she works as an Associate Project Manager. Gould was heavily engaged in extracurricular activities during her time as an undergraduate student. She feels that her involvement in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Society and the Solar Decathlon "Spo'pi" project greatly enhanced her overall educational experience. She strongly encourages current students to take advantage of similar hands-on activities in their time at school.

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MAKER: Hands-On Engineering Scavenger HuntAbstractEvery year to celebrate the new semester at _Institute_, engineering students get together for aweek of activities, competitions, and shenanigans. One activity during this week is called KeyClue. It is a week-long scavenger hunt to find a hidden key somewhere within the _Name_ citylimits. Key Clue could be compared to attempting to find a needle in a field of haystacks. Eachengineering department forms a team that works together solving clues to find the key before theother departments. The event is organized and run by two or three alumni who are known as theKey Masters.Throughout the week, the clues given to the teams range from complex ciphers, engineeringproblems, competitive activities such as scuba diving and archery, contextual clues within thestory plot, and hands-on ciphers. This MAKER project will outline one of the hands-on ciphersthat will have been used in the 2015 Key Clue event. In the past these have included 3-D puzzles,frozen glass bottles, wheel ciphers, ciphered dream catchers, and modified Rubik’s cubes.

Paul, R., & Gould, K. (2015, June), MAKER: Hands-On Engineering Scavenger Hunt, a CNC Clue Challenge Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24454

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