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This a research is a “Work in Progress.” Currently, the retention rate for engineering programs is too low. Some reasons why students change majors after the first year include student weaknesses in mathematics and physical sciences, and educators not providing enough hands-on interaction related to their selected engineering major. To help rectify the situation, the authors have revamped the Introductory Engineering course (EGR-101) to have more hands on “tinkering”, a design project, and mandatory peer-lead study groups. Students received their own Arduino kits and accessories, create Arduino-based measurement tools, and use them to conduct laboratory experiments where they measure various parameters such as temperature and voltage. These experiments generate both steady-state and dynamic results that are analyzed and reported by students. In addition, students were trained in an abbreviated version of human-centered Enterprise Design Thinking adopted from IBM and given a design project that incorporated the Arduino kits. Students had four weeks to complete the project which counted as their final. This approach aimed to demonstrate engineering principles in action so that students can make a better-informed major and career decision. Overall, preliminary results show that students in the course are more engaged and feel they have a clearer sense of engineering.
Geddis, D., & Aufderheide, B., & Colquhoun, H. W. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Project and Design-Based Introductory Engineering Course using Arduino Kits Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35679
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