Archive for April 2011

Science, engineering doctoral students energize young scientists

April 15th, 2011 — 12:45pm

Prosthetics_largeMaclain Bonfield sees a science or engineering career in his future. So when he heard about a free after-school engineering class, he jumped at the chance to join.

With lab partners Alison Romero and Linda Nguyen, the three eighth-grade students developed a design for a prosthetic hand that can be used on touch screens and mobile devices.

“I like to design things, and my dad has a prosthetic that I’d like to learn more about,” Maclain explains.

He and his partners did the work as part of a K-12 education outreach program funded by Science Foundation of Arizona and administered by the Arizona State University’s Graduate College.

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Fulton faculty profile: Tirupalavanam Ganesh

April 13th, 2011 — 1:33am

Tirupalavanam Ganesh
Assistant Professor, Engineering Education
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Inspiring future engineers

Tirupalavanam Ganesh is leading an educational outreach program aimed at redesigning the K-12 student experience. His efforts are an extension of the Learning through Engineering Design project, a K-12 engineering-education research effort aimed at increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through real-world, hands-on learning experiences that have the iterative engineering-design process as an essential element to help students experience problem solving and creativity in designing solutions to project challenges. Learning through Engineering Design uses research-based strategies such as cognitive apprenticeship, project-based learning, and inquiry-based instructional planning.

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Youngsters inspired by engineering, science projects

April 11th, 2011 — 12:13am

Young students at Centennial Middle School in Phoenix got hands-on lessons in engineering and science through an outreach program of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

On the final day of the after-school program, almost a hundred 6th, 7th and 8th graders – who were mentored by ASU science and engineering doctoral students – displayed class projects that delved into microbiology, energy, water filtration, prosthetic technologies and more.

Centennial’s principal noted how the experience prompted some students to start making career plans.

Article source: Arizona Republic


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