June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program Challenged Based Instruction Curriculum Development and Implementation (RTP, Strand 5)The Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), founded in 1979, is a 7 week-long, 4year summer program that provides academic training, mentorship, and hands-on experience formiddle and high schools students that are interested in pursuing STEM careers. A series of newcourses that are to be offered as standardized courses at participating TexPREP institutionsthroughout the state are being developed by undergraduate engineering students.Nine undergraduate students majoring in mechanical and civil engineering and computer sciencewere hired to write the TexPREP course curriculum with the idea that students would be able todevelop course content that the participants could easily relate to. Following development of thecurriculum undergraduate students actively participated in the implementation and reviewprocess. The primary teaching methodology of the courses is Challenge Based Instruction (CBI)because of its proven effectiveness over traditional lecturing. The course subjects developedincluded Water Science, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Systems Modeling. All threecourses were administered to returning TexPREP fourth year students.At the beginning of each course, students were given the challenges of building a Stirling engineusing items that can be found at home, designing and constructing a solar car, and creating awater theme park for the Systems Modeling, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Water Sciencecourses respectively. They were then guided through a series of lectures, mini projects, andassessment exercises to help them obtain the necessary knowledge to complete their challenges.The interactive and appealing nature of the courses and their respective challenges was expectedto result in increased participation, improved academic performance, and greater self-motivationof the participants compared to their overall performance during the prior three years ofparticipation in the program. Students and instructor surveys were used to help determine theeffectiveness of the curriculum and pedagogy. The paper discusses the impact on the TexPREPand undergraduate students involved in curriculum development and the process for successfulimplementation.
Crown, S. W., & Alanis, A., & Chavez, J. L., & Montemayor, J. G., & Montemayor, R., & Soto, H. E. (2015, June), Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program Challenge-based Instruction Curriculum Development and Implementation (RTP, Strand 5) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24842
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