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Session 1280 Integrating Design, Analysis, and Problem Solving in an Introduction to
 

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Session 1280
Integrating Design, Analysis, and Problem Solving in an Introduction to
Engineering Curriculum for High School Students
Ann McKenna and Alice Agogino
Graduate Group in Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education/ Department of
Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, CA 94720
Abstract
The current paper describes an Introduction to Engineering class that was taught to a group of
high school students in the summer of 1997. The class was offered through an outreach program
at the University of California at Berkeley called the Academic Talent Development Program
(ATDP), and was designed to give students an overview of the diverse field of engineering. In
order to learn what engineers actually do, the students engaged in a variety of projects and hands-
on activities to find out how things work and to practice their own engineering skills. This paper
will provide an overview of the syllabus and goals of the course. Specific activities and design
projects will also be documented such as the mechanical and computer engineering design
challenges, teamwork and student presentations, and the on-line web-based assignments.
Detailed examples of student work and student feedback will be reported. The quality of student
work, as well as the positive feedback about the class, indicates that these high school students
were not only motivated by the subject matter but were also capable of fundamental engineering

  

Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

 

Collections: Engineering