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New Hands-on Fluid Mechanics Cartridges and Pedagogical Assessment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

"Modular" Learning

Tagged Division

Chemical Engineering

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

23.927.1 - 23.927.17

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https://peer.asee.org/22312

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114

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Jacqueline Burgher Gartner Washington State University

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Jacqueline K. Burgher completed her undergraduate studies at Anderson University in Indiana in Chemistry and Mathematics-Economics. She then worked in water treatment for the city of Indianapolis, Ind. and earned an M.B.A. from Anderson University. Currently, she is an NSPIRE IGERT Trainee Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University and working under Bernie Van Wie on hands-on learning solutions for students.

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David Finkel Washington State University

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie did his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., and postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University faculty for 30 years and for the past sixteen years he has focused strongly on innovative pedagogy and done technical research in biotechnology. His recent Fulbright exchange to Nigeria set the stage for him to receive the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at Washington State University.

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University-Pullman

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Dr. Olusola O. Adesope is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Washington State University at Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments for engineering designs. Dr. Adesope holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and M.Sc. in Educational Technology from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Shane A. Brown P.E. Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3669-8407

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Dr. Shane Brown conducts research on cognition and conceptual change in engineering. He received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University, both in civil engineering. His Ph.D. degree includes a minor in science and mathematics education. His master’s degree is in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Brown is a licensed professional civil engineer and has six years of experience designing water and waste water treatment facilities in central California. He was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2011. Dr. Brown’s research interests are in conceptual change, epistemology, and social or situated cognition. Specifically, his research focuses on theoretical approaches to understanding why some engineering concepts are harder to learn than others, including the role of language and context in the learning process.

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Justin William Atkinson

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Abstract

New Hands-on Fluid Mechanics Cartridges and Pedagogical AssessmentIn the sciences and engineering, effectively communicating conceptions and fundamental ideasto students is difficult with traditional teaching methodologies. Demonstration mode teachingpedagogy has been used to address this problem, which in this study is applied to fluidmechanics in the chemical engineering discipline. We designed two miniature devices, withclear viewing windows, that snap in to a base unit that is used to modulate flow rates and displaypressure drops. One device is used for measuring pressure drop with fluid flow through a straightpipe, shallow bend, and a 90-degree miter bend; the other is a venturi meter. These devices willbe tested in a within-design study in an undergraduate Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer class.Twenty four students will serve as a control group for a first set of concepts taught throughlecture, while 24 will receive a mini orientation-lecture, participate in a guided viewing of thedevice in action using a document camera, and complete a worksheet in groups to process thematerial content. For the second set of concepts the two groups will be switched. Classroomactivities are designed around instructor knowledge of misconceptions and a small set ofinformal interviews. Pre and post concept-tests will be used to measure differences between thecontrol and experimental groups. The experimental group is expected to gain a betterunderstanding of the fundamental concepts and preliminary results will be reported in this paperwith more detailed results in the ASEE presentation.    

Gartner, J. B., & Finkel, D., & Van Wie, B. J., & Adesope, O., & Brown, S. A., & Atkinson, J. W. (2013, June), New Hands-on Fluid Mechanics Cartridges and Pedagogical Assessment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22312

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