July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Women in Engineering
There are many reported benefits of well-designed field trips, including better retention of classroom material, and skill development for engineering design (Young & Stuart, 2000). Studies have also shown increased confidence when women are given opportunities to learn about how physical devices work (Henderson, Desrochers, McDonald, & Bland, 1994). Therefore, two women faculty and 5 senior officers from the Society of Women Engineers student chapter, led a ski field trip for 30 students during the semester break in January 2020. This 3-day trip included travel to a ski resort from the medium sized, Midwestern campus focused on gaining exposure to the engineering in ski resorts including lift operations and snow making processes while building student-student and student-faculty relationships. During the 4 hour bus ride to the ski resort, students were asked to read a scholarly article on one of eight topics related to ski resorts. Students met in small groups with others that selected the same ski related topic and gave a report out to the larger group. At the ski resort, students had a behind the scenes tour of the lift operations run and of the snow making process. Students had the rest of the day to ski or take a lesson with other women on the trip. The evening included a team building workshop which included reflection on the day’s activities and how their experiences related to engineering. Pre and post surveys were conducted with the students in which there was a 100% response rate. The focus of the assessment was on: (1) learning gains for understanding engineering of a ski resort and (2) team building and meeting engineering women peers. Results show student gains in both educational and team building outcomes. The full paper discusses the trip design as well as associated costs.
Meyers, K., & Goodrich, V. E., & Maida, T., & Moolchandaney, S., & Tanjuatco, G., & Lubbe, C. (2021, July), The Benefits of an Engineering Field Trip for Women Students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37840
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