New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Design in Engineering Education
In many nations, programs to grow the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) pipeline are a priority due to the fact that advancements and innovations in STEM fields are indicative of a growing and progressive society. Within the United States (US), an aging National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense (DoD) workforce, as well as the need to create a more diverse STEM workforce, are impetuses for accelerated efforts that focus upon STEM education and careers. Such efforts are also continuously gaining traction in South Africa; a nation dedicated to overcoming the negative education disparities that resulted from apartheid. As a result of the mutual interest in promoting STEM education and careers among Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) students in the US and South Africa, an academic partnership was established between University A in City, State and University B in City, South Africa in 2012. The University A/University B partnership is referred to as the ALLiance for International Excellence among the future Space workforce (ALLIES). The primary goal of ALLIES is the design and development of STEM tools within engineering capstone design classes at University A and University B. Upon completion, the STEM tools are donated to various K-12 schools in the US and South Africa. The STEM tools adhere to stringent curriculum and product requirements-with safety as a top-level requirement. Another critical goal of ALLIES is the enablement of international design efforts that provide the engineering students opportunities to gain invaluable experience working with, and communicating with, an international partner. In order to specifically promote aerospace engineering, the ALLIES partnership has focused upon the design and development of wind tunnels that are donated to K-12 schools. The wind tunnels have proven to spark interest in aerospace related phenomena among the K-12 students. The most recent ALLIES effort focuses upon the design of a wind tunnel that can be fabricated using materials, parts, and components available in most regions of the world, such that disadvantaged schools can easily replicate a wind tunnel. The present paper will focus upon the wind tunnel design process and the educational impact upon the recipient K-12 students, as well as upon the engineering design students.
Carmen, C. L., & Groenewald, B., & Setshedi, R. K., & Abrahams, A. (2016, June), Promoting K-12 Aerospace Education via Wind Tunnels Developed through an International Capstone Design Partnership Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25996
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