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Research Experiences for High School Teachers and College Instructors in Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Latest Trends and Implementations in Manufacturing Education

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26.1331.1 - 26.1331.12



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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Research Experiences for High School Teachers and College Instructors in Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial AutomationNational surveys showed a continuing decline in the number of U.S. students who move on toattend graduate school. Encouraging active participation of secondary school teachers and two-year college faculty in university research allows them to learn about recent discoveries andinnovations, share about them in the classroom, and thereby encourage and stimulate students topursue engineering and computer science careers. The paper will describe program activities,research projects, outcomes, and lessons learned from a National Science Foundation-sponsoredResearch Experiences for Teachers program. Participants were recruited from science,technology, engineering and math departments in high schools and colleges throughout the U.S.Special effort was made to recruit teachers and instructors from districts and two-year collegeswith large numbers of underrepresented minority students. Program objectives were to 1)provide opportunities for participants to actively participate in research and then translate theirresearch experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities; 2) establish long-termcollaborative relationships with the Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation researchcommunity at Texas A&M University; and 3) disseminate findings and instructional materialsdeveloped for this program. Participants spent six weeks working on a research project with amentor and a graduate student. Opinion survey data suggests that participants enjoyed theprogram and learned from the research experience.

Hsieh, S. (2015, June), Research Experiences for High School Teachers and College Instructors in Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24668

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