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ERIC Number: EJ1049188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
More than Just Hot Air: How Hairdryers and Role Models Inspire Girls in Engineering
Kekelis, Linda; Larkin, Molly; Gomes, Lyn
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n5 p8-15 Feb 2014
This article describes a reverse-engineering project where female students take a part a hair dryer--giving them an opportunity to see the many different kinds of engineering disciplines involved in making a hairdryer and that they work together. Mechanical Engineer, Lyn Gome, describes her experience leading a group of middle school girls through the activity. She explains why she finds reverse-engineering projects to be more effective learning activities than design projects and offers tips on how to make to make reverse-engineering projects a success. A section on ways to extend the activity across more than one session follows. This section includes information on helping girls make connections to careers and explains how role models paired with hands-on activities are the key to turning students on to a career in engineering.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A