June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
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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