June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Minorities in Engineering
As part of an NSF math science partnership between an east coast City Public School district and a u university, city youth from three high minority, high poverty neighborhoods were taught the engineering design process both in school and afterschool. Those in the afterschool program had STEM experts as mentors as well as a paid facilitator. They did projects from NPASS2 and from Engineering Adventures for the first half of the year. Then, in the second half of the school year, they were given the opportunity to do student-driven projects. Students determined what problems they saw in their own communities and which of those problems they wanted to try to solve using their engineering design skills. Third, fourth and fifth grades students were all able to come up with their projects and design and build prototypes to attempt to solve those problems. For example students designed portable homeless shelters, high frequency buzzers to free waste receptacles of rodents and track sensors to prevent train crashes. They then presented their designs or prototypes at a STEM showcase where their families, their classmates and teachers as well as their STEM expert mentors could see the results. Preliminary research indicates that students in the afterschool program have a stronger understanding of the engineering design process than their classmates who were only learning it in school. Particularly strong is their understanding of the test and improve steps in the process.
Newman, C. A., & Parker, C., & Sparks, A. N., & Falk, M. L. (2017, June), Student Driven Engineering Design Projects Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28856
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