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The Benefits of an Engineering Field Trip for Women Students

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 8

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Women in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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16

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Kerry Meyers University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Kerry Meyers holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Education (B.S. & M.S. Mechanical Engineering) and is specifically focused on programs that influence student’s experience, affect retention rates, and the factors that determine the overall long term success of students entering an engineering program. She is the Assistant Dean for Student Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is committed to the betterment of the undergraduate curriculum and is still actively involved in the classroom, teaching students in the First-Year Engineering Program.

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Victoria E. Goodrich University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Victoria Goodrich is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame. Her research focuses primarily on Engineering Education issues with specific interest in the first-year curriculum, experiential learning, and diversity and inclusion.

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Taylor Maida University of Notre Dame

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Taylor Maida is a Computer Science major with an Engineering Corporate Practice minor in the class of 2023 at the University of Notre Dame.

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Simran Moolchandaney University of Notre Dame

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Simran Moolchandaney is a class of 2023 undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Bioengineering. Outside the classroom, Simran is an NCAA Division 1 Fencer, and an active SWE member who zealously engages in community service work.

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Gabrielle Tanjuatco University of Notre Dame

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Gabrielle Tanjuatco is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Mechanical Engineering in the Class of 2021.

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Caroline Lubbe University of Notre Dame

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Caroline Lubbe is a Chemical Engineering student in the University of Notre Dame Class of 2023.

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Abstract

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://peer.asee.org/37840

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