This group of materials is designed to provide a framework to teach students in an introductory engineering course basic nanotechnology concepts. The materials use the NAE grand challenge “Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure” to underpin the need and potential for nanotechnology to address society’s needs. In addition, motivation for students to persist in engineering is provided by introduction to the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering capitalizing on student’s altruistic tendencies.
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1. PowerPoint slide packs (can be used individually or as a group)
2. Instructions for in class and lab activities
3. Surveys and evaluation tools
Suggested order for implementation:
1. Utilize “Engineering Attitudes Survey pretest” early in semester to gauge students interest in nanotechnology, engineering, and the grand challenges. If the survey is given immediately prior to utilizing the materials in class include the “Restore Urban Infrastructure Module Evaluation – Pre Test” Otherwise use this pre-test just prior to the presentation of the module to the class.
2. Start the class using the “Introduction to Nanotechnology” and/or the “Motivation to become an Engineer” slides.
3. Engage in the “What is the Challenge Class activity.” Use the results to discuss the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering in general and transition to the specific challenge by using the “Urban Infrastructure.”
4. In a lab setting conduct the “Infrastructure Lab Activities.” There are several activities each takes between 3 and 10 min. depending on how detailed the students are. We suggest setting up different stations and having the students rotate through the station in small groups.
5. Conclude the module by administering the “Restore Urban Infrastructure Module Evaluation – Post Test.” You can also administer the “Engineering Attitudes Survey posttest” at the same time or wait until later if you are evaluating the course as a whole.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Grant Number 1446060. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Lakin, J. M.; Han, Y.; and Davis, E. W., First-Year Students’ Attitudes Towards the Grand Challenges and Nanotechnology. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 2016, 17 (3), 70-76.
Davis, E. W.; Lakin, J. M.; Davis, V. A.; and Raju, P.K., Nanotechnology Solutions to Engineering Grand Challenges. Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2016.
Lakin, J. M.; Davis, E. W.; and Davis, V. A., Promoting Engineering Persistence among Women Through Alignment of Occupational Values and Perceptions of the Field, Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2016.
Davis, E. W.; Lakin, J. M.; Raju, P.K.; and Davis, V. A., NUE: The Freshman Experience and Nanotechnology Solutions to Engineering Grand Challenges, Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2016.
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