June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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The Impact of Authentic Complex Engineering Design Experience for K-12 Students on 21st Century Attributes and Perceptions towards STEM fieldsKeywords:Engineering in K-12, Outreach, 21st Century CompetenciesAbstract:Implementations of various forms of engineering education at K-12 level can be traced to the early1990s (White et al., 2010). Engineering activities are used as a way for showing an authenticapplicability of taught math and science in K-12. An outreach activity, namely Life is EngineeringProgram (LIEP) was launched in 2009 by the College of Engineering at QU with particular focuson Qatari male students. In LIEP, K-12 students in the 10th and 11th grade work on assemblingracing cars over a period of six months throughout an accompanying program of activities,engineering workshops and seminars, and finally a race is conducted in an international racingcircuit located in Qatar. Four rounds (LIEP 1, 2, 3 & 4) have already been conducted and very wellreceived by schools, students, teachers, and parents; they were paid high attention from localmedia. Pilot assessment of LIEP 5 was carried out. Initial findings of the pilot assessment haveshown a research evidence of its positive impact on school students, and resulted in a number ofactions for improvements to be taken into consideration for future cycles.The methodology of the assessment included analysis of 2 surveys each of 16 questions (includingdemographics, open-ended, and like-scale hart type of questions). Surveys were delivered to bothLIEP participating students (Sample no. N= 57) and LIEP non-participating Qatari students(sample no. N= 60).Experimental group outcomes against Control group outcomes were analysed, findings indicatestatistical significance in perceptions towards development of significant set of 21st centurycompetencies. Perceptions towards STEM fields was more positive for the experimental groupthan the control group for the majority of measuring items, however statistical significance wasdetected in fewer items.The paper provides further details on the LIEP outreach program, as well as the pilot assessment,its methodology, initial findings, lesson learned, and planned actions accordingly.
Yasser, B. M., & Abdulwahed, M., & Alammari, R., & Ghani, S. A., & Hasna, M. O. (2015, June), The Impact of Authentic Complex Engineering Design Experience for K-12 Students on 21st Century Attributes and Perceptions Towards STEM Fields (Evaluation, Strand 3) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24876
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