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

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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