A mixed-grade engineering course for high school students: Student interactions and understanding of engineering design

Dale Baker, Senay Yasar, Sibel Uysal, Sharon Kurpius, Stephen Krause, Chell Roberts

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Abstract

Understanding of the engineering design process was examined for mixed grade (9-12) high school introductory engineering classes. The classes consisted of videos on engineering, guest speakers, internet research on engineering careers, and hands-on design projects. Student interactions were analyzed with classroom observations, video recordings, and interviews and showed there was a significant effect of maturity on learning. Change in understanding of the design process was measured by an open-ended pre and post class test with a 40 point scale rubric. It evaluated solution generation and selection, design reports, teamwork, project management, and ethics. A pre-post t-test indicated a significant increase in understanding (p < .00). Students in grade 10 had the largest gain of 6.82 points, grade 12 the smallest with 1.14 points while grades 9 and 11 had moderate gains of 4.2 and 4.3 points, respectively. The limited gains were due, at least in part, to enrollment and student interaction issues in the mixed-grade, large enrollment classes. Recommendations for positive change are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Engineering design process
  • High school outreach
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Baker, D., Yasar, S., Uysal, S., Kurpius, S., Krause, S., & Roberts, C. (2006). A mixed-grade engineering course for high school students: Student interactions and understanding of engineering design. In 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE [4116947] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322424