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MAKER: Star Car 2015

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Emily Ann Marasco University of Calgary

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Emily Marasco is a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on creativity and cross-disciplinary curriculum development for engineering students as well as for K-12 and community outreach programs.

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Stephanie Hladik University of Calgary

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Stephanie Hladik is a M.Sc student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. Through her research she is exploring topics related to the integration of engineering into K-12 curricula. In particular, she is interested in bringing electrical engineering, programming, and the engineering design process into K-12 education. Aside from her research, Stephanie also participates regularly in outreach programs to promote STEM topics in classrooms and beyond.

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Robyn Paul University of Calgary Orcid 16x16

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Robyn is a Master's student researching engineering leadership education at the University of Calgary. She graduated from Manufacturing Engineering in 2011 and worked in industry for a few years before returning to school.

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Riley S. Booth University of Calgary

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I'm a biomedical engineering MSc student at the university of Calgary. My research interests include haptics, rehabilitation, mobile and wearable technology, engineering education and educational software. I'm currently developing a wearable device for blind and/or deaf users to interface with a computer.

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Star Car 2015 is an interdisciplinary graduate student initiative resulting in an interactive art car displayed and demonstrated at educational engineering events. Originally developed for a local engineering and art festival, Star Car has been improved and updated with new hands-on interactive stations. As last year, both the technical and artistic elements were designed around an educational space exploration theme, with the addition of global unity and cooperation.

Multiple interactive stations were attached on and around the car, allowing audience members to explore various elements of electrical and computer engineering through hands-on activities. The primary interactions were four conductive handholds, each featuring one element- wind, water, earth, and fire. Participants were encouraged to complete the circuits using the conductivity of human skin either alone, or by working alongside other participants. Each element played a different music sound through incorporated speakers when the corresponding circuit was completed.

This Maker poster-and-instructions submission will outline instructions for using a Makey Makey system to create conductive circuits as featured on the art car, which may be used for any educational or hands-on display.

Marasco, E. A., & Hladik, S., & Paul, R., & Booth, R. S. (2016, June), MAKER: Star Car 2015 Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25648

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