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Engineering the World: Hands-on Experimentation for Civil Engineering K-12 Outreach
Proceedings of the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
  • James L. Hanson, Lawrence Technological University
  • Donald D. Carpenter, Lawrence Technological University
  • Tarek Rizk, Lawrence Technological University
Publication Date
6-22-2003
Abstract

This paper details the development and application of a community outreach program designed to teach children about math, science, and the world in which they live. The program was titled “Engineering the World” and emphasized civil engineering applications. The program was offered in an inner-city middle school in Detroit, Michigan. The program was developed by civil engineering professors at Lawrence Technological University with the assistance of undergraduate engineering students. The activities were categorized by civil engineering discipline including construction, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulics, structural, surveying, and transportation. The paper describes details of several of the hands-on experiments and provides an assessment of the program including suitability of the activities for this age group. The activities were generally well received by the students. Recommendations for similar outreach programs are provided.

Number of Pages
11
Citation Information
James L. Hanson, Donald D. Carpenter and Tarek Rizk. "Engineering the World: Hands-on Experimentation for Civil Engineering K-12 Outreach" Proceedings of the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jahanson/9/