Integrating Experiential with Technical: How Materials Science Modules Can Help Redefine the Traditional Engineering Canon

Bre Przestrzelski, Elizabeth Reddy, Susan Lord
2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Traditionally, the engineering canon focuses solely on technical skills, but there is a growing demand for engineers who design solutions in from a sociotechnical perspective. This paper describes "Bring in your Trash" a module for a third year Materials Science course where students explore materials classification in hands-on way that connected to their everyday life with attention to social context. This module was successfully implemented in Fall 2017 with 31 students from General,
more » ... m General, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Students brought in their own weeks' worth of trash. The first portion of class time focused on materials categorization and classification, engineering concepts they had been previously introduced to in class. A class debrief challenged students to think about topics related to recycling in general and their larger social responsibility in material choice as future engineers. In a subsequent reflection, students provided feedback, suggestions for improvement and articulated their meaningful takeaways from the module. Analysis of student responses shows that learning objectives were achieved. Lessons learned suggest improvements for future iterations of this module and adaption to other instructors' classrooms.
doi:10.18260/1-2--30684 fatcat:r2mj43vtmzfkpa555gnkznbl5q