June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.1192.1 - 26.1192.8
Novel Approach to Developing and Implementing Curriculum in a 2-Week High School Summer Engineering Experience (Work in Progress)Addressing a shortage of graduates in the science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM) fields has become a national priority in the United States.Incorporating age-appropriate engineering activities in K-12 education settings couldimprove the engineering recruitment and retention rate. Informal learning settings, suchas summer experiences, provide a unique environment in which to promote this strategy.________University’s Bioscience and Engineering camps have employed a novel modelduring four 2-week sessions over the summers of 2013 and 2014. Each session includedbetween 26 and 40 participants of both over-night and day campers. The structure andcontent of this summer experience is designed for students to meet the following goals: 1)define and apply the engineering design process; 2) explore various fields of biosciencesand engineering through novel, applicable, and engaging activities that are linked directlyto current research at ___ University; 3) discover current research at _____ University byvisiting research labs and engaging in real time data collection and analysis; 4) define andanalyze engineering ethics; 5) improve technical communication skills; 6) identifymultiple college and career opportunities in engineering; and 7) apply acquired contentknowledge in math and science to define, analyze, and solve a problem that will helpsociety in a capstone project. Additionally, this experience is designed to providestudents with mentorship and exposure to novel engineering curriculum developed anddelivered by current undergraduate and graduate students. This model focuses on acoordinated effort between ________ University researchers and students to promote the“engineering habits of mind” and provide students with opportunities to practiceengineering problem solving in a college engineering laboratory.This paper explores best practices in effectively designing and implementing positiveexperiences. The goal is to emphasize the engineering habits of mind and engage highschool students in current engineering practices and research in a higher educationenvironment. Additionally, we discusses facilitating interactions with current engineeringundergraduate and graduate students to provide instruction and guidance through thetransition from high school to college. We hope the presented model may be sustainedand replicated in other institutions and settings. Preliminary survey data suggest that thissummer experience meets the goals of the model and needs of the students. Thoughinitial efforts have been successful, it is still a work in progress, and we hope the futuredownstream effects will be improved recruitment and retention of students inengineering.
Redfern, L., & Starling, A. L. P., & Gunsch, C. K. (2015, June), Novel Approach to Developing and Implementing Curriculum in a 2-Week High School Summer Engineering Experience (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24529
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