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Measuring the Impact of Service-Learning Projects in Engineering: High School Students' Perspectives
10 May 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Tamecia Raishaun Jones, Jean M Trusedell, William "Bill" C. Oakes, Monica Elaine Cardella
We have seen the benefits of service learning and its impact on perceptions and knowledge of engineering and recognize it as a successful mechanism for introducing often highly abstracted concepts to younger students. This paper describes the analysis of student reflections from...
A profile of a Nano EPICS High School - Agawam High School
10 May 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Tamecia Raishaun Jones
This is a short profile of an EPICS High School that has found a way to integrate nano into its curriculum. The profile describes how the teacher used her specialized background in marine biology to create a plan for nano project in a marine biology classroom. At the time, this...
First-Year Engineering Students' Communication of Nanotechnology Size & Scale in a Design Challenge
22 Apr 2014 | | Contributor(s):: Kelsey Joy Rodgers, Yi Kong, Heidi A Diefes-Dux, Krishna Madhavan
While nanotechnology is a highly engaging topic for students, it entails concepts that are difficult to understand and need to be carefully considered when incorporating nanotechnology into classroom instruction. The notion of size and scale (also referred to as a “big idea” in learning...
Nanotechnology Reflection Survey
07 Apr 2014 | | Contributor(s):: Heidi A Diefes-Dux
First-Year Engineering Students Explore Nanotechnology in Engineering
04 Jul 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Kelsey Joy Rodgers, Heidi A Diefes-Dux, Krishna Madhavan
Nanotechnology is a promising field for advancement, but not many engineering students graduate with a sufficient understanding of nanotechnology and its potential. The purpose of this study is to understand whether first-year engineering (FYE) students can find connections between...
Analysis of Reports of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering Program
30 Apr 2013 | | Contributor(s):: Taimur Amjad, Jennifer Nielsen, Lynette Osborne, Shirley Eng, Thomas Jarosz
The Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) Program was initiated as a component in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Program, which is part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)...
The Transparency Paradox: Computational Simulations as Learning Tools for Engineering Graduate Education
08 Apr 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Alejandra J. Magana, Sean Brophy,
Computational simulations have become a critical part of computational science, which is being described as the third leg in this century’s methodologies of science. Computational simulations have also become a critical element of learning experiences as they can provide engineering students...
Are Simulation Tools Developed and Used by Experts Appropriate Experimentation Tools for Educational Contexts?
Simulations and visualizations can lead to significant improvements in students'conceptual understanding. This increased understanding may be due to the formation of expert-like dynamic mental models. Laboratory simulations have been used in educational contexts forinquiry learning by allowing...
Professors' Instructional Approaches and Students' Perceptions of nanoHUB Simulations as Learning Tools.
Simulations can provide a critical element of learning experiences. Simulations are alsobecoming a critical part of computational science, which is being described as the thirdlegin this century's methodologies of science (Sabelli, et. al, 2005). Opportunities existto use the same simulation as...
Professor's and Student's Perceptions and Experiences of Computational Simulations as Learning Tools
04 Apr 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Alejandra J. Magana
Computational simulations are becoming a critical component of scientific and engineering research, and now are becoming an important component for learning. This dissertation provides findings from a multifaceted research study exploring the ways computational simulations have been perceived...