About this time every semester,undergraduate students’ confidence in how much they really understand, and how well they can score well on your final, often gets a little shaky. The pressure is on... and not just on them. How about the pressure on your office hours?
Beat the rush, make office hours fun, and reduce stress while assisting students before finals week with this ENGAGE tip to make office hours more productive with small groups.
Students who struggle with spatial visualization skills (SVS) have trouble succeeding in engineering gateway courses like engineering graphics. They are vulnerable to transferring out of engineering and into another major.
Research indicates that a basic level of proficiency with SVS is critical to persistence in engineering. The good news is that with practice, students can improve this skill.
Dr. Chun Wu created a popular Chemistry lesson plan with over 45,000 downloads from the Engage website that asks and answers this question,
“Why is the Statue of Liberty blue-green?” to explain the concept of oxidation reaction.
Explore the broad range of ENGAGE Engineering lesson plans that incorporate familiar and engaging examples to improve student engagement, increase retention of engineering students, and improve student evaluations of instructors.
An Everyday Example a Day Keeps Students Engaged in Engineering
Demonstrate engineering concepts using familiar and relatable examples to increase student engagement and persistence!
What are Everyday Examples in Engineering (E³s)?
E³s demonstrate engineering concepts based on objects and ideas familiar to students, like exploding soda cans, musical instruments, or bicycles. E³s are more engaging to students than typical examples such as I-beams and boiler pipes. Familiarity provides students with a level of comfort and some basic intuitive understanding.
Proactively managing faculty-student interaction is easy with ENGAGE Engineering’s Faculty-Student Interaction strategies. They are research-based, time-effective, and easy to implement. And the payoff in terms of student retention can be substantial.
Check out these FSI tips and build one or more into your upcoming classes this fall.
Have a Happy Independence Day on July 4th! The iconic Statue of Liberty is a powerful symbol recognized by people all over the world. Lady Liberty is familiar, easy to relate to, and she’s… blue-green. A perfect subject for an Everyday Example in Engineering!
Take a look at them now while you have the time, and build one or more into your course syllabi for the fall. Your students will benefit and there’s evidence that teaching evaluation do, too.
We’ve had a great sports-filled summer with Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and the 2016 Olympics. Watching these events provides great inspiration to exercise and develop our own skills, as well as great entertainment. But have you ever noticed how sports also make for great Everyday Examples in Engineering?
Take a look at our ready-to-implement lesson plans and incorporate one or more into your upcoming courses this fall. You might also come up with an Everyday Example for a sport that isn’t represented here! Curling, anyone?
Attention STEM Faculty: Friday, June 24, is Take Your Dog to Work Day.
As you consider giving Barney a bath before bringing him into the office, notice what a great example you have here of overcoming surface tension with centripetal force! Check out ENGAGE’s Everyday Example in Engineering lesson plan called the Wet Dog Shake.
The semester is over, grades are turned in, and it’s time for STEM faculty to enjoy a well-deserved break!
All of us associated with ENGAGEEngineering.org wish you a productive and enjoyable summer. We also want to thank you for taking advantage of our online resources this past year as part of your student engagement and retention efforts.
We’re going to stay in touch with you over the next few months. Summer is the best time to begin incorporating our resources into your course planning for fall, and we’ll make it easy for you!
You may be wondering how it’s possible to marshal the commitment and resources to provide SVS training for at-risk students.
According to Jackie Sullivan, University of Colorado at Boulder, “We decided that the literature was so clear on this. This was an issue of broadening participation. Look what we spend on recruiting women students, look at the money we hemorrhage when we lose these talented young women from our pool of future engineers. For us, it was a societal imperative.”
Learn about CU-Boulder's scalable 8-week intervention workshop.
It’s March, spring is right around the corner, and you may be experiencing some good kite-flying weather. It’s a great time to teach students about aerodynamic forces. ENGAGE’s Everyday Examples in Engineering make it easy with a ready to use lesson plan on Aerodynamics of Kites. Check it out on ENGAGE Engineering.org and try it with your students!
Next Sunday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day – a perfect time for an Everyday Example in Engineering that involves chocolate!
Introduce first-year students to chemical engineering and its role in food processing with this lab-based lesson plan that’s familiar, relatable, and above all, tasty. It’s bound to be a hit with your students.
January 18, A. A. Milne’s birthday, is Winnie the Pooh Day.
Celebrate with an Everyday Example in Engineering lesson plan on buoyancy. Watch the creative animated short where Pooh and Piglet soar above the treetops with just three balloons. Then ask your students, “How many balloons would it REALLY take?”