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Soils Magic: Bringing Civil Engineering to the K–12 Classroom
Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
  • David J. Elton, Auburn University Main Campus
  • James Hanson, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • David M. Shannon, Auburn University Main Campus
Publication Date
4-1-2006
Abstract
An investigation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a series of kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) educational outreach activities related to civil engineering. In particular, a program called Soils Magic that contains a series of simple geotechnical engineering experiments was delivered in various formats to K–12 students. This paper provides an overview of the Soils Magic program and provides further details of selected experiments from the program. This paper highlights the experiences of various civil engineering professors bringing the program to school children to promote the excitement and accessibility of the engineering profession. Suggestions are provided for conducting successful educational outreach programs. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated using survey responses of the program participants. The need for outreach activities that promote science and engineering in an entertaining manner was established using survey responses of K–12 students.
Citation Information
David J. Elton, James Hanson and David M. Shannon. "Soils Magic: Bringing Civil Engineering to the K–12 Classroom" Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice Vol. 132 Iss. 2 (2006) p. 125 - 192
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jahanson/7/