"Real Outreach Experiences In Engineering": Merging Service Learning And Design In A First Year Engineering Course
2009 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
is the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships and the Coordinator of VT-ENGAGE at Virginia Tech. The Center is devoted to being a hub for student engagement with non-profit organizations, civic groups, schools, and community agencies across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. VT-ENGAGE provides the resources and links for the Virginia Tech community to find a place to volunteer their time, talents and energy and make a difference in the
... ce in the community. Abstract The instructors of the first-year engineering course at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are faced each year with the challenge of providing a meaningful, appropriate, and valuable project experience that supports learning and fosters interest about engineering design. While past projects have been suitable for achieving basic learning outcomes, the speculative nature of these projects has not provided opportunities for student learning on broader topics such as working with a customer, identifying customer requirements, framing an open-ended design problem, and most importantly, identifying their role as an engineer in the world at large. In the spring semester of 2008, the instructors of "Exploration of Engineering Design" explored the use of a project set in the context of service learning as a means of achieving these broader learning objectives while still meeting the course learning outcomes for engineering design. The ROXIE Program (an acronym for "Real Outreach eXperiences In Engineering") was born from this effort.