Washington, District of Columbia
April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 7, 2018
Within engineering education, long-term retention of major concepts is a key objective. Numerous classroom techniques combine to work towards this goal, including testing, laboratories, and demonstrations. One highly effective, yet often underutilized, tool for improving long-term understanding is hands-on activities that students do at their desks, especially those involving simple items with which they are already familiar. Five characteristics are common to a productive, in-class, reinforcement activity. (1) All students participate, preferably at their own desks. (2) Items involved are commonplace, familiar to the students, and low-cost. (3) Activities are relatively quick, providing a brief break within the lecture. (4) Elaborate setup or support equipment is not required. (5) Before the activity, students are given a few moments to predict results. This paper describes a variety of quick, hands-on activities used in a recent mechanics class at the United States Naval Academy.
Schedel, J. R., & Schedel, A. (2018, April), Straws, Balloons, and Tootsie Rolls: The Value of Hands-On Activities in the Engineering Classroom Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/29492
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