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Timothy Robinson; Adam Kirn; Jenny Amos; Indira Chatterjee – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2023
This multi-methods study explores changes in engineering interest and identity of middle and high school students (n = 79) attending introductory-level engineering summer camps at a large western land grant university. Middle school is a critical time when student interest, identity, and subsequently career choice begin to emerge and hence it is…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Camps, Engineering Education, Middle School Students
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Tolbert Smith, DeLean; Jones, Tamecia; Cardella, Monica E. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
A major concern in engineering education involves ensuring that youth belonging to minoritized groups have equitable access to engineering career pathways. Related research often highlights the effect of student and school characteristics on engineering success but few studies have investigated the engineering-related assets that Black families…
Descriptors: African American Family, Cultural Capital, Engineering Education, Learner Engagement
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Pina, Jeremiah; Mazur, Rebecca; Ellis, Glenn; Rudnitsky, Al; McGinnis-Cavanaugh, Beth; Ellis, Sonia; Huff, Isabel; Ford, Crystal – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
This paper describes the development of two versions of an NGSS-aligned principles of engineering design unit for use in middle schools. By employing a narrative framework that can help students to connect more deeply with the human contexts and consequences of the engineering design process, our goal was to enhance students' cognitive and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Electronic Learning
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Cunningham, Christine M.; Kelly, Gregory J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
In this paper, we address the societally important issue of developing a more equitable approach to preK-12 engineering education. Our primary emphasis is on K-8 grades--a time when first impressions of engineering may be developed. Calls for increased participation by all students, including those who have been historically marginalized, motivate…
Descriptors: Models, Equal Education, Engineering Education, Kindergarten
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Lane, Tonisha B.; Vomvoridi-Ivanovic, Eugenia; Cain, Leia K.; Willis, Selene; Ahmad, Salam; Gaines, Jonathan – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
The societal disruptions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are well noted, especially in the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Absent a concerted effort to sustain hands-on learning opportunities in STEM amid the crisis, the consequences of COVID-19 may exacerbate existing inequities and…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Electronic Learning, Culturally Relevant Education
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Clark, Abigail M.; Kajfez, Rachel – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
Despite years of recruitment efforts, women remain significantly underrepresented throughout engineering. While research into precollege engineering education has expanded, it has primarily focused on formal learning settings, even though students spend significantly more time outside of the classroom. The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything,…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Youth Clubs, Females, Engineering Education
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Goldstein, Molly H.; Adams, Robin S.; Purzer, Senay – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
Trade-off decisions, which necessitate striking a balance between two or more desirable but competing features, are a crucial part of design practice. However, they are known to be difficult for student designers to make. While designers, educators, and researchers have numerous methods to assess the quality of design artifacts, these methods are…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Design, Engineering, Energy Conservation
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Holly, James, Jr. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
Engineering educators must consider how the cultural backgrounds of students coincide (or diverge) with the epistemological and ontological formation of an engineer. Hence, this work is presented as an exhortation to engineering educators, particularly in a precollege context, to critically evaluate how race-conscious pedagogies can be exerted in…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, African American Students
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Jordan, Michelle E.; Zuiker, Steve; Wakefield, Wendy; DeLaRosa, Mia – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
This study describes an illustrative case study from a year-round program that positions middle and high school youth to explore the social value of energy systems in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Designed to center existing youth assets, interests and values, Community Energy Engineering (CEE) frames engineering as a tool that students…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Engineering, Energy
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Calabrese Barton, Angela M.; Schenkel, Kathleen; Tan, Edna – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
Inequities in opportunities to learn and become in engineering, especially for minoritized youth, are enduring and systemic. How students experience engineering education, through curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher/student interactions, all shape opportunities for identity development. In this paper we draw upon cultural studies and critical…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Engineering, Sustainable Development, Social Justice
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Harlan, Jessica; Van Haneghan, James – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2020
As part of a longitudinal study of the development and implementation of a middle school engineering design curriculum, we have used an occupational values subscale of the Assessing Men and Women in Engineering (AWE) project's Engineering version of the Core Survey for Middle School-Aged Participants to measure student occupational interest in…
Descriptors: Engineering, Technical Occupations, Middle School Students, Values
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Weinberg, Paul J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
Reasoning about mechanism is central to disciplined inquiry in science and engineering and should thus be one of the foundations of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. In addition, mechanistic reasoning is one of the core competencies listed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Engineering Concepts and…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Engineering Education, Equipment, Elementary School Students
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Bowen, Bradley; Peterson, Bryanne – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
As education works to reconnect student learning to something more than standardized testing, project-based learning (PBL) has become a popular way to increase student engagement while providing more authentic applications of student knowledge. While research regarding PBL is bountiful, little has been done to connect this body of research with…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods, Grade 7
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Hansen, Alexandria K.; McBeath, Jasmine K.; Harlow, Danielle B. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
This study used cultural historical activity theory to make meaning of a digital fabrication project situated in the complexity of a classroom. Using an ethnographic perspective, we observed 14 students (aged 13-14) in a middle school's creative design and engineering class inspired by the Maker Movement. Working with the classroom teacher, a…
Descriptors: Student Role, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Middle School Students
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Burack, Cathy; Melchoir, Alan; Hoover, Matthew – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
One result of the growing concerns over the numbers of young people moving into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related careers has been the expansion of formal and informal STEM education programming for pre-college youth, from elementary school through high school. While the number of programs has grown rapidly, there is…
Descriptors: Robotics, After School Programs, STEM Education, College Students
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