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Huynh, Trongnghia; Hou, Gene; Wang, Jin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
We have conducted an education project to communicate the wave energy concept to high school students. A virtual reality system that combines both hardware and software is developed in this project to simulate the buoy-wave interaction. This first-of-its-kind wave energy unit is portable and physics-based, allowing students to conduct a number of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Careers
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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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Morgan, Joe; Zhan, Wei; Leonard, Matt – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
To increase the interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among high school students, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) created the "High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware" (HUNCH) program. To enhance the experience of the students, NASA sponsored two additional projects that require…
Descriptors: Program Administration, College School Cooperation, Universities, High Schools
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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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Riegle-Crumb, Catherine; Moore, Chelsea – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
This paper examines gender inequality within the context of an upper-level high school engineering course recently offered in Texas. Data was collected from six high schools that serve students from a variety of backgrounds. Among the almost two hundred students who enrolled in this challenge-based engineering course, females constituted a clear…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Gender Differences, Engineering Education, High School Students
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Cole, Belinda; High, Karen; Weinland, Kathryn – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
The study examines the retention of students in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University that enter college with a defined course sequence in a pre-engineering program from a regional career technology center as compared with the retention rates of university engineering students for the same time…
Descriptors: High School Students, Engineering Education, Architecture, Technology Education
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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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Winn, Gary; Hensel, Robin; Curtis, Reagan; Taylor, Lydotta M.; Cilento, Gene – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Recruiting and retaining Appalachian engineering students is difficult for a variety of ecological and cultural reasons. At West Virginia University an NSF STEP grant has allowed the development of specific interventions to evolve from an ecological model we describe here. The interventions include web-based, realistic engineering design exercises…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Recruitment, High School Students, Academic Persistence
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Cui, Suxia; Wang, Younhui; Yang, Yonggao; Nave, Felecia M.; Harris, Kendall T. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
Engineering programs suffer a high attrition rate, which causes the nation to graduate much less engineers. A survey of the literature reveals that the high attrition rate is due mainly to the fact that the first year of an engineering program is all fundamental theory and students don't see the connection to their future engineering careers. To…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Academic Persistence, Surveys, Dropouts
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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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Chin, Jessica; Zeid, Abe; Duggan, Claire; Kamarthi, Sagar – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011
Innovators and abstract thinkers--students who question why are going to be the future of engineering, of science and cures for diseases. Rarely do students ask where and how innovation is created. Students, particularly post-secondary students have lost their curiosity and they have lost their ability to question. Why? Because the relationship…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, STEM Education, Theory Practice Relationship, High School Students
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Gourgey, Hannah; Asiabanpour, Bahram; Fenimore, Carol – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
The following paper culminates a year of research conducted by researchers at E[superscript 3] Alliance and Texas State University and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The following reports on promising practices observed and reported at Manor New Tech High School (MNTH), a Texas Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (T-STEM)…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Vocational High Schools, STEM Education, Educational Practices
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Mazumder, Quamrul H. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
Engineering is a complex field of study. Declining enrollment in engineering programs in the United States is of concern and understanding the various factors that contribute to this decline is in order. Fostering a higher level of student engagement with the content may foster passion towards engineering which could increase academic competency…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Pretests Posttests, Engineering Education, Surveys
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