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NSU-LSMSA Makers Club: STEM Educational Modules and Quality Assurance Education

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Pre-College: Perceptions and Attitudes on the Pathway to Engineering (4)

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Jafar F. Al-Sharab Northwestern State University

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Dr. Jafar Farhan Al-Sharab has recently joint the faculty in the Engineering Technology Department at Northwestern State University as an assistant professor.
Jafar F. Al-Sharab received BS In Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan, MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the Science University of Malaysia, and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Vanderbilt University/Nashville, TN. Prior joining NSU, Professor Al-Sharab was and Instructional and Research Faculty at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was heavily involved in research and teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. In the period of 2011-2014, Dr. Al-Sharab was a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. In addition to his work with academic institutions, Dr. Al-Sharab was a consultant of various technological companies especially in the areas of structure-property-correlations and advanced characterizations.
Dr. Al-Sharab’s research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Electron Microscopy, Structure-property correlations, synthesis and characterization of energy related materials (harvesting and storage), flame retardant polymers, nanocompsite materials, and advanced materials characterization. He is an active member of professional organizations related to his research interests. He has authored more than 40 technical papers.

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Adeal Sobhe Matuk Rutgers University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Anbar University, Department of Physics

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Adeal Sobhe Matuk is a Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Adeal S. Matuk received BS of Science in Physics Anbar University, College of Science, Iraq, MSc of Science in Physics Bagdad University, College of Science, Iraq.
Adeal research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology which includes synthesis Techniques: Melt-quenching for glasses, Solid-state reaction and Sol-gel for ceramics, Solution casting for polymers and polymers-ionic liquid complexes.
Experimental Techniques: dip and spin Coating Deposition, Thermal Evaporation, Electron-beam Sputter Deposition, Thin film Device Fabrication, Dark-Field Microscopy, Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Optical microscopy, UV-Vis. He is an active member of professional organizations related to his research interests. He has authored some technical papers.

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Makers Clubs are a national movement which gets students exited about STEM and helps to increase the number of students interested in STEM related careers. This paper describes a STEM makers club, which combines Northwestern State University (NSU) and The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA). The newly founded club (NSU-LSMSA Makers Club), emphasizes innovation and hands-on experience for all participants. In addition, the club promotes building a spirit of teamwork and sharping problem-solving skills. Participants have access to the scientific facilities and a venue that allows them to develop and enhance their scientific thinking as well their scientific knowledge under proper mentorship. Different teaching modules, including engineering graphics, soldering techniques, digital electronics, energy harvesting, energy storage, and electromagnetism have been developed and applied. Additionally, quality assurance was also introduced for the first time as a STEM module. The NSU-LSMSA makers club represents a successful and a true manifestation of STEM education at high school including collaboration with higher educational institution.

Al-Sharab, J. F., & Matuk, A. S. (2017, June), NSU-LSMSA Makers Club: STEM Educational Modules and Quality Assurance Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28712

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