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The STEM Loop: Undergraduate Engineering Students Create a STEM Children's Book

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II Outreach

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Leslie Seawright Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Leslie Seawright is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University at Qatar. She has published several journal articles and book chapters related to pedagogy, Engineering education, intercultural communication, and notions of identity through literacy. Her research interests include technical writing, discourse analysis, community literacy practices, and transnational education.

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Ibrahim Hassan P.E. University of Texas, Austin

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Ali Darwish Alashar Texas A&M University at Qatar

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This paper documents an innovative project in which undergraduate mechanical engineering students created and produced a children's book about combustion engines. Funded through a grant provided by Texas A&M University at Qatar, students researched, designed, wrote, and illustrated a children's book intended to promote interest in STEM fields. The book, written in both English and Arabic, will be used in Qatari public schools and in the Texas A&M University at Qatar STEM Outreach Program. The interdisciplinary project was co-led by a mechanical engineering professor and an english professor. Students gained valuable transferable skills while working on this project including creative thinking, audience awareness, teamwork, technical writing, visual design, and communication. The authors of this paper, who include the students that worked on the project, aim to promote and encourage the idea of undergraduate students actively engaging and creating STEM programs and initiatives for K-12.

Seawright, L., & Hassan, I., & Alashar, A. D. (2016, June), The STEM Loop: Undergraduate Engineering Students Create a STEM Children's Book Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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