Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Community Engagement Division
Developing students’ appreciation for the societal benefits of engineering is one of the key tenets of EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service), a service-learning program. In achieving this goal, it is important that students see the direct application of the knowledge and skills they have acquired as engineering students. When students are able to engage in a full start-to-finish design process within a team and, importantly, along with a genuine client, they have greater potential to appreciate the social responsibility aspect of professional engineering.
A unique EPICS experience is under development that aligns with these guidelines, focused on the creation of “occupational therapy boards,” designed to improve the fine motor skills of children. Borne out of an idea to develop engineering students’ design thinking and fabrication skills, this project provides a construct for engineers-in-training at all levels, and can be molded to best suit the students’ skillsets and/or project partners’ desires.
In the EPICS project under review, undergraduate engineering students have had the opportunity to work with occupational therapists at both a pediatric rehabilitation clinic and a local preschool. This research study identifies potential benefits, limitations, and recommendations so that the project can be more easily adapted by other institutions seeking high-impact, low barrier-to-entry experiential learning opportunities.
France, T. (2018, June), Occupational Therapy Boards – Identifying the Value of a High-Impact Service-Learning Project Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30845
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