Developing Middle School Students’ Engineering Design Concepts through Toy Design Workshop

by | Aug 29, 2016

Authors: Ninger Zhou, Tarun Thomas George, Joran W. Booth, Jeffrey Alperovich, Senthil Chandrasegaran, Nielsen L. Pereira, Jeffrey David Tew, Devadatta M. Kulkarni, Karthik Ramani
ASEE 123rd Annual, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016

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In this study, we structured a toy design workshop to provide hands on and engaging design activities for middle school students, to help them develop self-efficacy beliefs in design, model and scaffold engineering design mindsets, and apply design concepts in engineering design. The research questions we intend to address include:

1. What is the influence of the toy design workshop on students’ self-efficacy?
2. What is the influence of the toy design workshop on students’ application of engineering design concepts during design?

 

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