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Perspectives are provided on an interdisciplinary group of four upper class students at a university who are completing a required multidisciplinary qualifying project, which combines elements of technology and society, to design and create a STEAM focused ball wall appropriate for pre-K children. The faculty used a combination of assignments to evaluate evolution and growth of students. Equity training module components from a handbook and custom designed essay reflection assessments were given to the students on a quarterly basis to track changes or transformations in student behavior as they discover and overcome resource limitations and unique design constraints. More specifically, to track changes instigated from the project: the evolution of personal and professional growth tracked by asset maps; changes to interpersonal team dynamics from strangers to colleagues; learning and refining technical engineering skills; overcoming various challenges; learning to set realistic expectations and goals; and self-reflection, assessment, and improvement. This project is a first-time collaboration between the university and the center, focused on a building a lasting relationship with a community pillar. The students are researching pre-K curriculum and pedagogy, delivering a finished product, and open-source curriculum and design plans for the ball wall, which will be installed in a STEAM room at a non-profit early education and childcare center where teachers bring children in for daily activities.
Rosewitz, J. A., & Chen, K. C. (2020, June), WIP: Investigating Student Growth Through a Multidisciplinary Qualifying Project of an Interactive Ball Wall Display to Support Pre-K STEAM Learning at a Community Early Education and Care Center Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35552
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