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Student-led Initiative Promoting K-5 Hands-on Engineering Education

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Community Engagement Division Technical Session 7

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Shreya Gupta Bit Project, College of Engineering, UC Davis

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Shreya Gupta is the co-founder and Director of Primary Education at Bit Project. She directly oversees an interdisciplinary group of 25 undergraduate students to write and implement STEM activities in schools across California. Within the span of four months, she has successfully integrated custom-built STEM education hardware and software at a public elementary school. In addition, she has held professional development workshops, organized over 35 volunteering events, and spearheaded K-5 collaborations with Microsoft and Keysight Technologies.

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Dong Gyun Kim Bit Project, College of Engineering, UC Davis

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Daniel Kim is the co-founder and president of Bit Project, a student initiative that has reached over 1800 K-12 students since its founding in Spring 2019. He has led educational technology collaborations with community nonprofits and industry leaders o make technology more accessible in K-12 Classrooms.

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Victoria Kang Li Xu Bit Project, College of Engineering, UC Davis

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Victoria Xu is an undergraduate English and Psychology student who serves as the lead technical writer and editor for Bit Project. She works directly with various Bit Project teams to proofread for grammatical and organizational issues in technical, formal, and casual writing. She has primarily written and edited lesson plans for K-12 STEM education, proposals to university departments for educational collaboration, and instructional guides on using industry-standard programs.

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In contrast to existing university outreach programs, Bit Project’s undergraduate curriculum developers produce student and teacher manuals for use in class. Manuals encourage exploration processes for data collection and presentation, promote teacher involvement in classroom events, and provide teachers training for successful curriculum implementation. Activities in the curriculum are tailored for various levels of learning, allowing accessibility to all students regardless of their educational background. Each activity is designed to foster open-ended problem solving, creativity, teamwork, and intellectual discussion. A four-week pilot program initiated in June 2019 integrated robotics activities into existing mathematics curriculum for second and third grade classes. This experience provided valuable insight on how STEM lessons help create a more balanced curriculum. Additionally, a yearlong pilot program for K-5 implemented in October 2019 was updated weekly based on feedback to concurrently improve and expand upon it.

Gupta, S., & Kim, D. G., & Xu, V. K. L. (2020, June), Student-led Initiative Promoting K-5 Hands-on Engineering Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35245

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