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Chou, Karen C.; Moaveni, Saeed; Sapp, James D. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
The integrity of a structural system depends on the strength of materials, shape of the individual member and the elements used to hold the members together. In most undergraduate civil engineering curricula, a structural steel and/or reinforced concrete design course is required. Usually, the main focus of these courses is on member selection…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Metallurgy, Construction Materials, Computer Simulation
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Chou, Karen C.; Moaveni, Saeed; Drane, Denise – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
A Virtual Steel Connection Sculpture was developed through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Virtual Sculpture is an interactive tool that shows students and anyone interested in connections how steel members are connected. This tool is created to complement students' steel design courses. The features of this educational tool,…
Descriptors: Sculpture, Metallurgy, Construction Materials, Computer Simulation
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Moaveni, Saeed; Chou, Karen C. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Steel connections play important roles in the integrity of a structure, and many structural failures are attributed to connection failures. Connections are the glue that holds a structure together. The failures of the Hartford Coliseum in 1977, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City in 1980, and the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 are all…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Construction Materials, Construction (Process)
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Moaveni, Saeed – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2007
In this paper, we will focus on an innovative way to teach some of the engineering fundamentals at the freshman level in an introductory engineering class. Unfortunately, today many students graduate without a good grasp of these fundamental concepts--concepts that every engineer, regardless of his or her area of specialization, should know. In…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses