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Work in Progress: Living with the Lab: Building a New Implementation of the LWTL Project-Based First-Year Engineering Curriculum at Campbell University

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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First-Year Programs: Monday 5-Minute Work-in-Progress Postcard Session

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Jenna P. Carpenter Campbell University

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Dr. Carpenter is Founding Dean of Engineering at Campbell University. She is Chair of the ASEE Long-Rangge Planning Committee and the ASEE Strategic Doing Governance Team. She is a past Vice President of Professional Interest Councils for ASEE and past President of WEPAN. Currently Chair of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program Steering Committee and an ASEE PEV for General Engineering, Dr. Carpenter regularly speaks at the national level on issues related to the success of women in engineering and innovative STEM curricula.

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Lee Kemp Rynearson Campbell University

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Lee Rynearson an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Campbell University. He received a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and earned his PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University in 2016. He also has previous experience as an instructor of engineering at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, in Kanazawa, Japan. His current research interests focus on instruction for metacognition and problem solving.

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The Living with the Lab (LWTL) curriculum developed at Louisiana Tech offers an extensive set of first-year engineering projects integrating student hands-on tool use with engineering content, and has been the subject of numerous previous reports [1]. Campbell University is now in the process of implementing the Living with the Lab curriculum in their new engineering program’s first year of study in collaboration with Louisiana Tech. This new implementation offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between universities in dissemination and re-evaluation of the Living with the Lab curriculum. This paper reports on the obstacles and opportunities encountered during the implementation of the LWTL curriculum at Campbell University in collaboration with faculty from Louisiana Tech, including changes in curriculum design, philosophy, and practical detail Furthermore, Campbell University is designing a project-based spine for the entire engineering curriculum to extend LWTL practices into four core engineering classes in the second and third year of study. This extension of the previous LWTL work will be discussed and initial designs for courses, projects, and assessment shared, with an emphasis on how the first-year curriculum prepares students for success in later years of study.


Carpenter, J. P., & Rynearson, L. K. (2017, June), Work in Progress: Living with the Lab: Building a New Implementation of the LWTL Project-Based First-Year Engineering Curriculum at Campbell University Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29169

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