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ERIC Number: EJ1076048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-1766
Future Cities Engineering: Early Engineering Interventions in the Middle Grades
McCue, Camille; James, David
Advances in Engineering Education, v1 n2 Sum 2008
This paper describes qualitative and quantitative research conducted with middle school students participating in a Future Cities Engineering course. Insights were sought regarding both affective and cognitive changes which transpired during the one-semester schedule of activities focused on modeling the infrastructure of a city built 150 years in the future. Modeling activities consisted of both a computer simulation, "SimCity 3000 Unlimited," and the construction of a physical scale model depicting student visions. To determine the efficacy of "SimCity" in serving as a realistic modeling tool, the software was "ground-truthed" by comparing "Sim" dimensions to the dimensions of analogous objects (roads, water pipes) in the real world. An age-appropriate attitude survey was developed and administered with the goal of measuring student disposition towards the engineering profession. Additionally, a multiple-choice content test was developed and administered both pre and post instruction to obtain a quantifiable measure of student learning. Findings show that student participation in such a course can lay favorable foundations for appreciation of and participation in the engineering profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada
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