Work in progress: Developing engineering systems thinking through the modeling of a complex bioengineering system

Christina Foster, Monica Crowder, Katherine Nelson, Tirupalavanam Ganesh

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Abstract

Systems thinking is an important habit of mind that should be promoted in K-12 engineering education. This work in progress paper describes how systems thinking was introduced in middle school grades through the modeling of a biological system: The artificial heart. Preliminary qualitative results show that introducing systems thinking through modeling is both feasible and useful. Students demonstrated their knowledge of the heart as a system through the structural, functional, and behavioral components of their models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSoaring to New Heights in Engineering Education, FIE 2012 - Proceedings
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2012 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2012Oct 6 2012

Publication series

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

Other

Other42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period10/3/1210/6/12

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Keywords

  • K-12 engineering education
  • systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Foster, C., Crowder, M., Nelson, K., & Ganesh, T. (2012). Work in progress: Developing engineering systems thinking through the modeling of a complex bioengineering system. In 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference: Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education, FIE 2012 - Proceedings [6462388] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2012.6462388