June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
This paper details the development process of a Summer Engineering Experience program that has been implemented at Vaughn College to prepare first-year students for engineering programs. Unlike the traditional pre-engineering programs held in other universities or colleges, where mathematics or physics courses are main subjects to be taught, this program is designed with an objective to enhance students’ hands-on, computational, programming, communication, and problem solving skills.
The five-week SEE program was offered in the summer 2016. Monday through Thursday (from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) sessions were devoted to the lectures and hands-on classes that covered topics related to engineering computation using MATLAB and C++, robotics, bridge truss design & analysis, technical writing and presentation. The Friday’s session of the SEE program is designated for technical seminars and workshops. This session is designed to enhance students’ learning outcomes related to critical thinking, problem solving, and life-long learning. Guest speakers from industry were invited to deliver lectures and host workshops current to today’s technology. Given the rapid pace of technological change, the Friday’s seminar series and workshops helped Vaughn’s engineering students to develop a mind-set to adopt changes in technology and prepare them for their future professional careers.
During the last two weeks of the program, students were grouped in two to three persons per group to work with a SEE faculty mentor and develop a project with real-world engineering application. These projects were presented during the last day of summer session and student performance based on attainment of a specific learning outcome was evaluated by faculty members. Also a rubric survey is distributed to students to assess the program effectiveness. The implementation and assessment process of Vaughn’s SEE program based on both faculty and students’ survey results will be discussed in detail at ASEE Annual Conference.
Overall, the program has been successfully implemented and many students of this program are currently engaged in robotics club, the knowledge and skills they learned in SEE program helped them to develop and design innovative robots for the 2016-2017 VEX U robotics competition.
Rahemi, H., & He, S., & Ducharme, M. (2017, June), Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) Program - A Program to Prepare Freshmen Students for Engineering Studies Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28884
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