San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Six Hands-On Activities Designed to Improve Student Achievement in and Attitude Towards Learning Fluid MechanicsAbstractSix, hands-on activities were designed to supplement an existing mechanical engineeringcurriculum for fluid mechanics with the goal of creating a new instructional method centeredaround activity based learning. Replacing lecture time with activity based learning positivelyaffects university students by reinforcing concepts learned during lecture, visually teaching newconcepts and providing an outlet where the students are free to interact more casually with theinstructor and their peers. Results of this are higher student achievement, a more thoroughunderstanding of the material and a more positive attitude towards learningThis paper first describes the hands-on activities, which were designed to help the student graspthe concepts and improve the overall learning experience. The four activities titled RainbowLayer Cake ©, Marshmallow Madness (Control Volume Analysis) ©, Twist and Turn (FluidFlow) ©, and Construction Function (Pipe Flow) © were original ideas developed for the classby the author. The activity, Foil Boat, Float, Float was an original idea created through theuniversity’s GK-12 Outreach Program and modified for use in the junior level class. Sink orSwim (Bowling Balls and Soda Cans in Water) was a demonstration borrowed from the physicsdepartment and augmented with a worksheet.To assess whether the activities resulted in higher student achievement, a control group andexperimental group were created. Students in the experimental group performed the activitieswhile students in the control group did not. Both groups received the same assessments and acomparison of exam scores was performed to assess the impact on student achievement. Theseresults and a statistical analysis are presented in this paper. In addition, students in theexperimental group were given a survey assessing their perception of how helpful the activitieswere in learning fluid mechanics and math. The results of the survey are also presented in thispaper.
Albers, L., & Bottomley, L. (2012, June), Six Hands-on Activities Designed to Improve Student Achievement in and Attitude Towards Learning Fluid Mechanics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21916
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