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The Games We Play, Qualitative And Quantitative Assessment From A 9 12 Engineering Camp

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

K-12 Engineering Outreach Programs

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

13.1232.1 - 13.1232.7

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https://peer.asee.org/3566

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13

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Cindy Waters North Carolina A&T State University

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CYNTHIA WATERS is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at NC A&T State University and a Research Associate with the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. She received her Ph.D. from NC A&T State University. She teaches the introductory Materials Science course required of all engineering undergraduates.

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Devdas Pai North Carolina A&T State University

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DEVDAS M. PAI is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NC A&T State University and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. He teaches manufacturing processes and tribology related courses. A registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, he serves on the Mechanical PE Exam Committee of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors and is active in several divisions of ASEE and in ASME.

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Alice Stewart NCA&T State University

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ALICE C. STEWART is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches strategic management and general management to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Jagannathan Sankar North Carolina A&T State University

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JAGANNATHAN SANKAR is a Distinguished University Professor and HBCU White House Millennium Researcher at North Carolina A&T State University. He is Director of CAMSS, the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures. His expertise is in advanced materials synthesis and characterization. Dr. Sankar is closely involved in organizing materials research and education related symposia and session and several international conferences including ASME, MRS, ICCE and NEW.

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Abstract: This paper describes the outreach activities that have been effective in educating students about the area of advanced materials as an engineering career, and discusses the impact that our University’s Engineers Starters Program has on motivating underrepresented minority students to consider the engineering educational and career paths. The overall goal of the program is to generate or sustain adolescents’ interest in engineering and technology and to enhance self- confidence and motivation toward education. The portion of the program developed by the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures (CAMSS) is shaped by a philosophical approach that emphasizes the direct benefit of learning by active methods and by game-play. A classroom voting system, “Qwizdom” software was utilized which enabled the collection of real- time data from students. While reviewing the day’s activities, the facilitators could immediately assess student comprehension and generate excitement about the material in a game setting. In addition, answers were viewed by gender and by the number of times the students had attended this summer program. Modules were chosen from the Materials World Modules (MWM), an NSF-funded inquiry-based science and technology educational program based at Northwestern University. The modules utilized during the summer 2007 program were the Sports Materials Module and the Ceramics Module. In the Sports Materials Module, students explore the materials design and function of a wide variety of balls used in athletics, as well as test and analyze their interactions with many surfaces they come in contact during play. In the Ceramic Module, students study the science of compacting ultra small ceramic particles. The pre and post survey data will be also discussed.

Introduction: Our University’s Engineers Starters Program selects students from area high schools as this is a commuter program. The segment of the two week program developed by CAMSS is shaped by a philosophical approach that emphasizes the direct benefit of learning by active methods and by game-play. The hope is that educating via game play will be motivating underrepresented minority students to consider the engineering educational and career paths. The overall goal of the program is to generate or sustain adolescents’ interest in engineering and technology and to enhance self-confidence and motivation toward education. The interactive system that was used is made by Qwizdom, and it transmits signals via radio frequency (RF), allowing for non-line-of- sight two-way communication. RF transmitters hold much promise for the future of in-class response systems, if only because installing the system in a large room is as simple as plugging a small receiver into the USB port of a computer. The company Qwizdom2 describes the benefit of their product as follows:

“Qwizdom’s Remote Audience Response System lets you communicate with every individual and each one of them with you! Everyone in the room is given a remote, which sends a response to the instructor immediately. Instructors can then take the electronically gathered information and make informed decisions as to where to guide the discussion or meeting. Polls can be taken, tests can be graded and reports can be generated - all with the press of a button. Using Qwizdom’s versatile software, you can easily create dynamic presentations, quizzes, and games. If you want to add interactivity to your existing materials, Qwizdom now integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint® and ExamView® files.”

Waters, C., & Pai, D., & Stewart, A., & Sankar, J. (2008, June), The Games We Play, Qualitative And Quantitative Assessment From A 9 12 Engineering Camp Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3566

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