New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
This paper presents the development and implementation of an integrative half-day recruiting event targeting high school students that combines elements of four degree programs: Organizational Leadership, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics Technology. During the workshop, students engage in active learning: NAME REDACTED is transformed into an aerospace design think tank and high school students are transformed into Polytechnic interns. The interns are then presented with a challenge: A new form of bacteria has possibly been identified on Mars and soil samples must be collected for analysis. However, the next shuttle launch is in 3 hours and the robotic equipment has to be ready! Student teams work with faculty mentors to design, test, and retest robots that can navigate the surface of Mars and collect a soil sample for analysis. Through this integrative experience, students work in teams to learn and apply new skills in leadership, engineering technology, and computer graphics. The impact of the recruitment event is assessed via pre and post surveys of students’ attitudes towards the degree options based on Likert style assessments.
Turner, M., & Webster, R., & Reynolds, D., & Cooley, T., & McCart , A., & Dues, J. F. (2016, June), Purdue Mission to Mars: Recruiting High School Students to a Polytechnic College Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26017
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