Asee peer logo

Retention 101: Where Robots Go, Students Follow

Download Paper |


2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Introduction to Engineering Courses

Page Count


Page Numbers

7.983.1 - 7.983.10



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Brenda Henry Groff

author page

Carlos Pomalaza-Raez

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Main Menu Session 2253

Retention 101: Where Robots Go … Students Follow

Carlos Pomalaza-Ráez, Brenda Henry Groff Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne 2101 East Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805,


At Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) we have developed ETCS 101 - Introduction to Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, a freshman success course for students in the School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS). The main objective of this course is to help students find a successful career path early in their studies, i.e. increase retention. The course aims to provide students with sufficient computer and personal development skills and to help them develop the right mental attitude conducive for academic success. Features of the course include projects of software and hardware nature, extensive use of the Internet and Web software tools, and a team-teaching format. As the main project of this course, small teams of students design, build, program, and test an autonomous mobile robot using LEGO® parts, sensors, and the Robotic Command eXplorer (RCX) controller. This is a multidisciplinary, project-driven learning process that encourages students to develop problem solving and teamwork skills and fosters their creativity and logic. Robotic projects are multidisciplinary in the sense that they involve a wide range of disciplines; including computer science, physics, math, biology, psychology, engineering, and art.


Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is located in the second largest city in Indiana and it is the sixth largest public university in the state. Total enrollment is approximately 10,000 students. IPFW is a commuter university (there is no on-campus student housing) and many of the students attend classes on a part-time basis. The average student age is 27 years. The School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) enrolls approximately 1400 students and is comprised of five departments: Civil & Architectural Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology. Certificate, associate, bachelor, and master degree programs are offered and awarded by Purdue University. ETCS students are a mix of traditional and non-traditional age students. Many of the students who apply for the first time to any of the departments of the School of ETCS are adults who have been out of school for several years. These non-traditional students usually hold part-time or full-time jobs in local industry and are highly motivated in earning a degree in a technical field, but their knowledge about the disciplines of engineering, technology, and computer science is limited. This lack of knowledge about engineering is also common in the traditional

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education

Main Menu

Henry Groff, B., & Pomalaza-Raez, C. (2002, June), Retention 101: Where Robots Go, Students Follow Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10361

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2002 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015