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Bai, Haiyan; Aman, Amjad; Xu, Yunjun; Orlovskaya, Nina; Zhou, Mingming – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a newly developed modules, Interactive Web-Based Visualization Tools for Gluing Undergraduate Fuel Cell Systems Courses system (IGLU), on learning motivations of engineering students using two samples (n[subscript 1] = 144 and n[subscript 2] = 135) from senior engineering classes. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Web Based Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multivariate Analysis
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Goodman, Kevin; Davis, Julian; McDonald, Thomas – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
In an effort to motivate undergraduate engineering students to prepare for class by reviewing material before lectures, a "Look-Ahead" problem was utilized. Students from two undergraduate engineering courses; Statics and Electronic Circuits, were assigned problems from course material that had not yet been covered in class. These…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Assignments, Reading Assignments
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Walz, Kenneth A.; Slowinski, Mary; Alfano, Kathleen – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Calls for increased international competency in U.S. college graduates and the global nature of the renewable energy industry require an exploration of how to incorporate a global perspective in STEM curricula, and how to best develop faculty providing them with global knowledge and skills necessary to update and improve existing teaching…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, STEM Education, Faculty Development, Consciousness Raising
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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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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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Yoon, So Yoon; Diefes-Dux, Heidi; Strobel, Johannes – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
The ultimate objective of teacher professional development (TPD) is to deliver a positive impact on students' engagement and performance in class through teacher practice via improving their content and pedagogical content knowledge and changing their attitudes toward the subject being taught. However, compared to other content areas, such as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Engineering Education, Program Effectiveness
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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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Zoabi, W.; Sabag, N.; Gero, A. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Teaching abstract subjects to students studying towards a degree in electronics practical engineering (a degree between a technician and an engineer) requires didactic tools that enable understanding of issues without using advanced mathematics and physics. One basic issue is the BJT (Bipolar Junction Transistor) that requires preliminary…
Descriptors: Animation, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Engineering Education
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Mazumder, Quamrul H. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
The use of technology such as laptop computers in the classroom has long been recognized as destructive behavior since it diverts a student's attention from course topics. However, it is conceivable that every student will be using some form of technology in the near future. Determining the effects of interactive software on students' learning…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Engineering Education, Active Learning, Computer Software
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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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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