Engineering the human heart in the sixth grade classroom

Christina Foster, Tirupalavanam Ganesh

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1 Scopus citations


A Framework for K-12 Science Education has been released that provides further support of K-12 engineering education by framing requirements for K-12 engineering standards for the science classroom. This study uses the engineering themes from the framework to evaluate how an engineering learning experience affects student achievement in science and engineering in the context of a science classroom. An engineering design challenge, Engineering an Artificial Heart, was developed for a pre-existing science instructional lesson, the human heart, for its use in a 6th grade science classroom with 32 students. Students' achievement of learning objectives for science and engineering concepts were measured using content assessments, student artifacts, and semi-structured interviews. Preliminary analysis shows positive learning gains for science learning objectives and evidence of performance for the engineering learning objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEnergizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

Publication series

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


Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK


  • K-12 engineering
  • Learning through design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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