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WIP: Development and Implementation of a Bioengineering Module for NSBE SEEK

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 8

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Anthony E. Felder University of Illinois at Chicago Orcid 16x16

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Anthony’s current focus is on engineering education and its restructuring to better meet the diverse needs of students and industries. Anthony is also active in ophthalmology research for the multimodal imaging of retinal oxygenation and novel medical device design.

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Miiri Kotche University of Illinois at Chicago

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Miiri Kotche is a Clinical Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently serves as Director of the Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory (MAD Lab) at the UIC Innovation Center. Prior to joining the faculty at UIC, she worked in new product development for medical devices, telecommunications and consumer products. She also serves as co-Director of the Freshman Engineering Success Program, and is actively involved in engineering outreach for global health. Miiri received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Amna Hoda University of Illinois at Chicago Orcid 16x16

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Amna Hoda is a Biomedical Engineering student at The University of Illinois at Chicago, minoring in Life Science Visualization. She is fascinated by the intersection of science and art and is passionate about strengthening the bridge between the two to increase understanding within the field of science. She also enjoys working with interdisciplinary design teams to innovate medical devices to further improve technology in the healthcare field.

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The diversification and enlargement of the pipeline into engineering is of great interest in education today. One way to address this issue is to expand national outreach-based STEM programs aimed at underrepresented minorities. In 2007, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) created the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program to address the underrepresentation of African American students in STEM fields. Today, this nationwide program is hosted each summer at sites throughout the U.S., providing access to engaging and educational engineering curricula emphasizing hands-on activities and design. Through SEEK, children between third and fifth grade participate in three engineering modules. Each one-week module focuses on a specific discipline or application within engineering, but the SEEK program does not currently have a bio(medical)engineering curriculum. Bioengineering has among the highest rates of female undergraduate enrollment among engineering disciplines (nearly 50%) and the inclusion of such a module may help increase female student interest. The authors propose two new SEEK curriculum modules in bioengineering. One module was developed to emphasize the skills and methodology that bioengineers employ, such as computer-aided design, circuitry, and programming, using the free TinkerCAD website. To reinforce the development of these skills in the context of bioengineering, students design and build their own thermometer for testing. The second module emphasizes the engineering design cycle, focusing on prototyping, testing and iteration by learning about anatomy and physiology, and iteratively designing a protective bicycle helmet. This paper reports on the development of these modules by bioengineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Felder, A. E., & Kotche, M., & Hoda, A. (2020, June), WIP: Development and Implementation of a Bioengineering Module for NSBE SEEK Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35531

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