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Lakin, Joni M.; Han, Yi; Davis, Edward – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The "Grand Challenges" for Engineering are an effort to portray engineering as a field that has profound impacts on society. This study explores the level of interest first-year engineering students had in various "Grand Challenges" and in nanotechnology topics. We administered a survey to a large sample of students enrolled in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Molecular Structure, Technology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lu, Kathy – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2009
This study was conducted under the grand scheme of nanotechnology education and was focused on examining the nanotechnology readiness of first-year engineering students. The study found that most students learned the term "nano" from popular science magazines or as a measurement unit; less than 5% of the students learned "nano" through…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, College Freshmen, STEM Education
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Islam, A. B. M. Iftekharul; Kelkar, Ajit; Azzi, Elie; Ryan, Thomas J.; Ryan, James G. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is one of the most discussed topics among educators today. The current high-tech world requires more scientists and engineers than ever before. Although many strategies have been introduced to motivate students to enter technical fields, additional approaches are needed to continue to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Outreach Programs, Demonstrations (Educational), Hands on Science