June 22, 2008
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Many Engineering Technology Programs today are focused on advancing students’ skills in communications, teamwork and analytical reasoning along with cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to meet the demands of our global economy. This paper explores how a project interwoven through the Engineering Technology curriculum can instill these skills in the students while enhancing the learning outcomes of the courses. The objective of the project is to incorporate a problem into the classroom that reflects similar complexities to that of real-world problems.
By interweaving the project through the Engineering Technology curriculum, it begins to build on the cross-interdisciplinary knowledge and various skill levels of the students. Students are allowed limited opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge from previous courses and often are not allowed such an opportunity until their senior year through a senior project. This interdisciplinary project also allows for the previous course knowledge to be revisited, reinforced and physically applied.
This project is also intended to enhance the students’ engagement in the learning process by allowing the freedom to choose different approaches to problem-solving and communicating their reasoning with other peers, which will encourage more confidence in the individual to approach other problems in life with the same enthusiasm.
The project can also successfully satisfy technology students’ desire for more hands-on applications in the educational setting. Many programs are limited by their laboratory capacities. A project such as this one can begin to encourage the utilization of cross-disciplinary resources. The assessment of the project will be an integral part to program assessment activities. Future possibilities for additional applications of interwoven projects will also be explored.
Wanless, L., & Amos, S., & Irwin, J., & Wanless, D. (2008, June), To Build A Better Bottle Opener: Interweaving A Project Through The Engineering Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4061
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