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Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Online to STEM Early-college and High-school students

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Manufacturing Division Technical Session - Online and Remote Learning Communities

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Ahmed Cherif Megri North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

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Dr. Ahmed C. Megri is a Professor of engineering. He received his HDR (Dr. Habilitation) in
Engineering Sciences, from Marie and Pierre Curie University, Paris VI (Sorbonne Universities), in 2011, and his Ph.D. in Thermal Engineering, from Lyon Institute of Technology in 1995. He wrote more than 120 papers in the journal and international conferences. His research interests include thermal and mechanical
modeling and simulation of materials. He participates in multiple projects, including the Development of
a Model for The Metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Process. Dr. Ahmed Cherif
Megri is currently the chair of the NCAT CAM’s Education subcommittee. He contributed to the outreach CAM since 2015.

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Taher M. Abu-Lebdeh P.E. North Carolina A&T University (Tech) Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Abu-Lebdeh is a Professor of Civil Engineering, Chair of R for the NNSA/ MSIPP Consortium, and an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research interests include Structural Mechanics, Materials Characterization, and constitutive modeling of material behavior. Dr. Abu-Lebdeh successfully completed several research projects related to powder production for additive manufacturing, and characterization of metal powders for spreadability and flow modeling. Dr. Abu-Lebdeh has published over 70 papers and 25 peer-reviewed proceeding papers related to structures, structural mechanics, and powder characterization for AM. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering/Structural Mechanics from Louisiana State University.

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During the summer of 2020, we hosted a virtual summer camp for high school and early-college STEM students. The subject is related to advanced manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing. This outreach is funded by the Department of Energy DOE consortium project. With this summer program, our objective is to prepare a pool of students in the AM area, in high demand in industrial and national research laboratories. The main objective is to teach students to use Autodesk Inventor, to use mathematics to solve engineering problems, as well as to use 3D printers. Additionally, the application of materials science is introduced to demonstrate the integration between mathematics and science. The progressive level of projects related to producing better parts, assemblies, and drawings mainly focuses on critical thinking and developing creative solutions (problem-solving, writing, visual arts, communication skills, and open-mindedness) to problems. One goal is to first introduce students to different areas of engineering and how each of these areas is connected to different applications of advanced manufacturing, to help students shape their career and select a discipline program that best suits their goals. The purpose of this article is to discuss the virtual teaching experience from the perspective of students and teachers. We will discuss the virtual activities carried out during this summer camp. As well as the modifications made to this course to make it more suitable for online teaching. Virtual teaching was an opportunity to share knowledge, information, and experiences online with other groups and universities. Collaborative work between an NCAT faculty and high school instructors, as well as teachers from the AM industry and research labs, has been one of the success stories that have helped shape this program. The industrial participation was very helpful in meeting industrial needs, reviewing AM applications, and discussing issues related to research and education, pedagogy, communication with high school students, and keeping them focused on the task. We discuss the project design program from a student's perspective and experience gained in the AM area, integration, and written and oral communication. The methodology used to assess the effectiveness of this outreach program in terms of learning outcomes is also described.

Megri, A. C., & Abu-Lebdeh, T. M. (2021, July), Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Online to STEM Early-college and High-school students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37806

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