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Outreach Potential of Displaying Research Artifacts in Art Museums

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Holistic Assessment and Teaching in Service-learning Environments

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Community Engagement Division

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/30852

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Larry L. Howell Brigham Young University

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Larry L Howell is an Associate Dean and Professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received his B.S. degree from BYU and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. Prior to joining BYU in 1994 he was a visiting professor at Purdue University, a finite element analysis consultant for Engineering Methods, Inc., and an engineer on the design of the YF-22 (the prototype for the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor). He is a Fellow of ASME, the recipient of the ASME Machine Design Award, NSF Career Award, Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (alumni award), and the BYU Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Lecturer Award (BYU’s highest faculty award). He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Compliant Mechanisms and the author of Compliant Mechanisms which are published in both English and Chinese. His lab’s work has also been reported in popular venues such as Newsweek, Scientific American, Popular Science, and the PBS documentary program NOVA.

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Dr. Magleby is a professor in Mechanical Engineering, and is an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the University Honors Program.

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Terri Christiansen Bateman Brigham Young University

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Terri Bateman is adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. She is a Coordinator for Women in Engineering and Technology (WE@BYU), teaches and advises numerous Mechanical Engineering Capstone senior design teams, teaches Global Engineering Outreach with study abroad to Peru, and researches with the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from BYU and also worked at Ford Motor Company as a manufacturing and design engineer in Automatic Transmission Operations. Terri received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from Brigham Young University in 2016. She is the mother of four children and is married to a wonderfully supportive husband.

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David C. Morgan Brigham Young University

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David Morgan began his teaching career at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), then moved to the University of Wisconsin, then became the Chair of the graduate Industrial Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently a professor at Brigham Young University. His research is focused on the art and science of folding as a means of idea generation, morphogenesis, and production. He and his students have shown their origami inspired products at design exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Lynda Palma Brigham Young University Museum of Art

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Lynda Palma's career as a museum professional began as a registrar for the Brigham Young University art collection more than twenty-five years ago and continued as collections manager when the BYU Museum of Art was built in 1993. For the last twelve years, Lynda has worked primarily in museum education and public programs. She has presented several papers and workshops in the United States and Canada on museum registration procedures and education methodology, taught in the music and humanities departments at BYU and Utah Valley University, co-directed a six-month Vienna Semester abroad program, acted as assistant editor for the quarterly international bulletin Music Education for the Handicapped and corresponding symposium proceedings, and served for thirteen years as the administrator of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Her broad experiences continue to inform her multidisciplinary approach to museum education.

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Abstract

This paper explores how displaying engineering research artifacts in art museums can facilitate expanded outreach opportunities. A combination of visual art and innovative engineering offers an unusual opportunity to engage a wide spectrum of society. To evaluate the potential, faculty and students collaborated with the Brigham Young University Museum of Art to create a museum exhibition that connected the art of origami to engineering, math, science, and product design. A framework is introduced that includes the creation of a museum exhibition; and once the initial investment is made to create the central exhibition, the results are efficiently used to extend outreach efforts through first-generation products (coincident with the exhibition) and then through second-generation products (after the exhibition). The paper describes a detailed example of this framework and provides evidence to support the concept that displaying research artifacts in an art museum can expand research opportunities. Products from the exhibition that provided expanded outreach opportunities include the following: an exhibit catalog originally created for the gift shop that was expanded for publication with a national publisher; a tablet/smart phone app that includes origami instructions followed by related engineering activities, which has had broad use beyond the museum activity room; a video that was prepared for museum patrons but has since been made available to larger audiences; materials created for hands-on museum activities that were used for outreach activities after the exhibition; and leverage for industry visits that led to additional applications and research projects. This paper describes the museum exhibition, the first- and second-generation products, the impact of each product, and the benefits and pitfalls of using a museum exhibition to extend outreach impact.

Howell, L. L., & Magleby, S. P., & Bateman, T. C., & Morgan, D. C., & Palma, L. (2018, June), Outreach Potential of Displaying Research Artifacts in Art Museums Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30852

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