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Outreach Activities from First-Year Engineering ProjectsIn April 2012, the XXXXXXX group from our University attended the 2nd U.S. Science andEngineering Festival in Washington D.C. XXXXX is an outreach organization that focuses onmaking STEM accessible to all age groups through action-packed hands-on learning. Thislearning often takes place in short 1-2 minute demonstrations or activities. One of these activitieswas modified from a first-year engineering project on wind energy as part of the _____ Project(DUE- ####).For the semester project, student teams developed a bench-scale wind turbine. They measuredthe turbine performance by measuring the RPMs, torque, and wind velocity. They used Excel toanalyze their team and class data. The project was modified for XXXXXXX. In this adaptation,six turbine blades consisting of three different geometries (triangular sail, rectangular, and oval)were constructed. Participants selected the number and type of blades to insert into a KidWindhub. The KidWind hub was attached to a generator and pre-fabricated turbine stand. Studentswere able to adjust the blades they chose and blade pitch in order to maximize the voltageproduced.This paper focuses on this adaptation of a first-year engineering project to K-12 outreach. Itoutlines the adaptation process from a semester-long project to a 1-2 minute learning experience.As the need for STEM outreach continues and grows, the need for new and unique activities alsoincreases. The adaptation of existing work is one way to increase the number of activitiesavailable. Also, the adaptation of university-level projects to these outreach programs issignificant because it begins to show participants what STEM students do and accomplish withinthe university environment.
Kemppainen, A., & Hein, G. L., & Patchin, S. H., & D'Augustino, K., & Kangas, C. J. (2013, June), Outreach Activities from First-Year Engineering Projects Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22338
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