June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.1230.1 - 26.1230.5
Porting a University Introduction to Design Course to a Semester Long High School Course Based on OpenSource Hardware and Arduino For over a fifteen years, a freshman level Introduction to Engineering Design course at [University] has provided an experiential handson design experience that has been shown to significantly improve retention of engineering students. This course introduces a variety of engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering using both formal delivery of technical curriculum and handson design projects. We leveraged the impressive retention results of this course in order to develop a high school level Introduction to Engineering Design course based on products from SparkFun Electronics. This course focuses on aspects of design, iteration, and problemsolving utilizing many free or lowcost opensource hardware and software tools including products from SparkFun Electronics. Understanding that students in high school engineering or preengineering programs are very different from those enrolled at a University, we made several adaptations and adjustments to the original course. In addition, we understand that many high schools do not have access to the same materials, tools, and resources that most University programs do. Taking these into mind, we adjusted and modified the course to fit into an average high school classroom. In fact, the course can be taught in a classroom with only power outlets and community/personal computers. Our methodology and rationale will be discussed in detail. This Introduction to Engineering Design course walks students through the design process using newer technologies like Arduino, SketchUp, and the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.. These are tools that will help students prototype, visualize, and create exciting engineering projects in both high school and beyond. This Spring, we are piloting this program in a local high school with four sections of PreEngineering Freshman Design and two sections of Introduction to Computer Science. The high school is currently using Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as their primary curriculum for preengineering. Our aims are to compare and assess the advantages and growths of using our materials as well as identify changes in attitude, retention, college outlook, and engineering identity.
Segil, J. L., & Huang, B., & Myers, B. A., & Diamond, L. (2015, June), Porting a University Introduction to Design Course to a Semester Long High School Course Based on Open-Source Hardware and Arduino - Evaluation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24567
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