First-year engineering curriculum explored
Ohio Northern engineering students and faculty took part as workshop participants and presenters in the seventh annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference hosted by Virginia Tech.
“Work in Progress – First-Year Programmers Developing Software Applications for a STEM Academy Workshop: An Exercise in Collabora” was authored by Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, David Reeping, a senior in engineering education, Heather Sapp, a junior in engineering education, and Alexandra Seda, a senior in electrical engineering. The paper described efforts to provide assignments with practical, real-world implications. Student teams in a second-semester introductory programming course were asked to develop a software application based on lesson plans written by engineering education students involved with local STEM outreach activities for fourth- through sixth-grade students.
Estell, Reeping and Dr. Ken Reid of Virginia Tech also conducted a workshop at the conference dealing with introduction to engineering courses. The purpose of the workshop was to build on common nomenclature to begin the development of a First Year Engineering Body of Knowledge, defined in terms of knowledge areas that can be used to stratify content into varying tiers of importance. This material can then be used to develop a variety of feasible curriculum models and example courses that can then be readily adopted by other engineering programs.