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Supporting Freshman Design with an Extracurricular Resource

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Design in the First Year

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

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Diversity

Page Count

17

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33324

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https://peer.asee.org/33324

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Asma Idries North Carolina State University

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Akira Angel Romero-Berube North Carolina State University

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Akira Romero-Berube attended NC State University for her Bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering. She has held a position for five years working as a student with The Engineering Place, a preK-College Engineering education outreach program. Her experience at NC State has left her with a love for the theoretical, technical, and educational facets of engineering and she hopes to pursue a master's or PhD in engineering education so she can pass on that enthusiasm to others.

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Rachel Lee Tilly North Carolina State University

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Rachel will be receiving my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NC State come May 2019. She is heavily involved with the Goodnight Scholars program as well as the engineering education outreach efforts by the Engineering Place and its partners. She believes it is important to get future generations excited about STEM in any way, shape or form. Developing a passion for something at a young age can be a powerful tool for success in the future. Teaching kids helps remind Rachel why she fell in love with engineering in the first place.

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Laura Bottomley North Carolina State University

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Dr. Laura Bottomley, Teaching Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Elementary Education, is also the Director of Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place at NC State University. She has been working in the field of engineering education for over 20 years. She is dedicated to conveying the joint messages that engineering is a set of fields that can use all types of minds and every person needs to be literate in engineering and technology. She is an ASEE and IEEE Fellow and PAESMEM awardee.

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Raegan Santana Reeves North Carolina State University

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I am currently a student at North Carolina State University, as well as a Goodnight Scholar Class of 2020. I am majoring in chemical engineering and would like to work with renewable energy, focusing on alternate resources or more efficient forms of oil.

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Miles Xavier Davis

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Abstract

The Engineering Place Resource Room at North Carolina State University, which serves as the material headquarters for the College of Engineering outreach programs, provides tools, materials, workspace, mentorship, and a working environment to first year engineering students for Freshman Engineering Design Day (FEDD) projects. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of this classroom-unaffiliated resource on students’ project experience and understanding of the Engineering Design Process. From fall 2016 data, a total of 372 students utilized the Resource Room, making up 21% of FEDD students. In 2017,  this outreach increased to 46% of FEDD students. These data suggest interest and need among first year engineering students for a project resource of this form. Users of the Resource Room are immediately exposed to a wide material and tool inventory and encouraged through thought processes and project ideas by Resource Room staff. Motors, voltmeters, ball bearings, mesh, hot glue guns, and LED’s are among the most checked-out tools and materials for these projects, indicating the need for access to both basic and more sophisticated materials throughout the project process. This study looks at additional data from student surveys of the Resource Room’s effect on their FEDD project experiences, including innovation, teamwork, project completion ability, satisfaction with project results, and Engineering Design Process application. This assessment can help provide information on the degree to which outside nerve centers of engineering resources and innovation improve the project experience for first-year engineering students.

Idries, A., & Romero-Berube, A. A., & Tilly, R. L., & Bottomley, L., & Reeves, R. S., & Davis, M. X. (2019, June), Supporting Freshman Design with an Extracurricular Resource Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33324

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