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Mosley, Pauline; Ardito, Gerald; Scollins, Lauren – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
The principal purpose of this investigation is to study the effect of robotic cooperative learning methodologies on middle school students' critical thinking, and STEM interest. The semi-experimental inquiry consisted of ninety four six-grade students (forty nine students in the experimental group, forty five students in the control group), chosen…
Descriptors: Robotics, Cooperative Learning, Student Interests, STEM Education
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Cooper, Robyn; Heaverlo, Carol – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
For girls there is a distinct loss in interest, lack of confidence, and decline in positive attitudes toward STEM subject areas that begins early on in their academic experience and increases with age. According to the National Academy of Engineering, students need to begin associating the possibilities in STEM fields with the need for creativity…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Creativity, STEM Education, Females
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Laffey, Evelyn H.; Cook-Chennault, Kimberly; Hirsch, Linda S. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
In addressing the nation's need for a more technologically-literate society, the Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RU RET-E) is designed to: (1) engage middle and high school math and science teachers in innovative "green" engineering research during the summer, and (2) support teachers in integrating…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Engineering
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Van Overschelde, James P. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a hands-on, project-based engineering curriculum for high school and middle school students, which has quadrupled annual enrollment in Texas in five years to over 23,000 students. The diversity of students participating has also increased dramatically. Using six years of longitudinally-linked student data, the…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, High School Students, Middle School Students
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Karp, Tanja; Maloney, Patricia – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
In this paper, we describe the successful implementation of an afterschool LEGO robotics program for elementary and middle school students that is annually offered by the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Three events are held on campus: the kickoff, a trial run, and the competition, spread over a period of eight weeks. In…
Descriptors: Robotics, Elementary School Students, STEM Education, Middle School Students
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Dell, Elizabeth M.; Christman, Jeanne; Garrick, Robert D. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
This paper describes a workshop led by female Engineering Technology students, with support from female faculty, to provide an introduction to Engineering Technology to 4th-7th grade girls through a series of interactive laboratory experiments. This outreach program was developed to improve attitudes towards science and engineering in middle…
Descriptors: Females, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Asiabanpour, Bahram; DesChamps-Benke, Nicole; Wilson, Thomas; Loerwald, Matthew; Gourgey, Hannah – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
This paper describes a novel outreach approach to high school and middle school students to familiarize them with engineering functions and methods. In this approach students participated in a seven-day summer research camp and learned many engineering skills and tools such as CAD solid modeling, finite element analysis, rapid prototyping,…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, High School Students, Middle School Students, Engineering Education