Reeping presents paper
David Reeping, junior in engineering education from Richfield, Ohio, presented a paper, "Preliminary Results of a Freshman Capstone Project to Design Educational Modules for Teachers in the Dominican Republic," co-authored with John Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, and Ken Reid, former director of engineering education, at the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference held in Madrid, Spain, on Oct. 24, 2014.
Mission trips from Ohio Northern University to the Dominican Republic during the past three years have involved running engineering workshops for teachers in secondary-level schools. These workshops included design challenges often found in a first year engineering course, discussions on learning styles, and methods of integrating an engineering mindset into the Dominican curriculum. Given the desire on the part of the Dominican teachers to have greater access to continuing education modules, it was determined that methods of bringing content to the teachers through online modules would be investigated, as it has a great potential to make a large impact without incurring considerable expenditures. The developed methodology involved modifying an existing term project, where a team of students develop an educational game, in Dr. Estell's Programming 2 course into a service learning opportunity where teams of first-year programming students each develop a Java-based software application that both incorporated a STEM-focused lesson plan developed in an upper-level engineering education elective course and used Spanish for the text of the application's graphical user interface. These applications were then placed on the web and made available to Dominican STEM educators.