Exploiting Design to Inspire Interest in Engineering Across the K-16 Engineering Curriculum

Lawrence E. Carlson and Jacquelyn F. Sullivan
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory
College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0522, USA
E-mail: lawrence.carlson@colorado.edu

Abstract:
One approach to addressing the dilemma of poor mathematics and science performance of US students on standardized tests and lagging enrollment in US engineering colleges is engineering outreach to the K-12 community. Engineering outreach has been a core mission of the Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) program since its inception. Team-based design spans the entire K-16 hands-on learning curriculum, integrating math and science fundamentals through creative, self-directed learning. Experiencing design provides a context for undergraduates to develop advanced technical skills, and motivates youngsters to pursue an engineering path. This paper describes how design pervades the diverse ITL K-16 spectrum, including a variety of engineering curricula for K-12 students, as well as undergraduate engineering courses.

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