Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 24, 2001
June 24, 2001
June 27, 2001
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The Use of Solid Modeling in Mechanical Engineering Outreach Programs for High School Students
Joseph C. Musto, William Edward Howard Milwaukee School of Engineering
In an effort to attract talented high school student to careers in engineering, the Mechanical Engineering Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) participates in a number of engineering outreach programs. Great successes in these programs have resulted from the use of solid modeling techniques and software to motivate engineering concepts and allow the students to participate in hands-on engineering activities. The outreach programs that now integrate solid modeling technology range from an introductory one-hour experience to a long- term ongoing effort. The four programs specifically addressed in this paper include: 1) a one- hour solid modeling exercise, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers to attract young women to engineering careers; 2) a half-day session, in which both part and assembly modeling exercises are used to give high school students an exposure to Mechanical Engineering; 3) a week-long effort, in which solid modeling is integrated with rapid prototyping technology and other engineering instruction to provide a comprehensive design/build/test experience; and 4) an ongoing relationship with a Milwaukee area private high school, which integrates solid modeling and rapid prototyping technology to produce physical prototypes of student-designed parts. Both the goals of the individual programs and the specific solid modeling exercises designed to achieve the goals are presented in this paper. Conclusions based on student and instructor feedback over the two years of program implementation are offered.
The Mechanical Engineering Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) participates in a number of high-school outreach efforts to attract talented students to the engineering profession. The purpose of these programs is both to expose students to an overview of mechanical engineering as a career, and to showcase the strengths and capabilities of MSOE. These types of programs have existed in various forms for decades; they traditionally followed a typical classroom model, where a combination of lecture and laboratory demonstration was used to highlight engineering topics.
Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education
Howard, W. E., & Musto, J. (2001, June), The Use Of Solid Modeling In Mechanical Engineering Outreach Programs For High School Students Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9952
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