How Engineering Design Ability Improve via Project-Based Truss Tower STEM Course?

Wan Hsuan Yen*, Chi Cheng Chang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Engineering design ability is critical in today’s society due to the vast development of technology. However, the development of it is not easy. The introduction of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) and the utilization of PBL (Project-based Learning) seem to promise a bright future in the development of such ability. We adopted Atman’s Engineering Design Process to evaluate the progress that students made after learning from a project-based Truss Tower STEM course. Students were grouped in six to design and construct a light-weight water tower type truss structure that can withstand severe earthquake. 137 students participated in this course and took pre-test as well as post-test. Students demonstrated significant progress in Developing Alternative Solutions and Project Realization. However, students did not show significant progress in Problem Scoping. Our research result echoes earlier research that some of engineering abilities might be trainable in classroom while other abilities might need other development methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Technologies and Learning - Third International Conference, ICITL 2020, Proceedings
EditorsTien-Chi Huang, Ting-Ting Wu, João Barroso, Frode Eika Sandnes, Paulo Martins, Yueh-Min Huang
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages567-575
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030638849
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event3rd International Conference on Innovative Technologies and Learning, ICITL 2020 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 2020 Nov 232020 Nov 26

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12555 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Innovative Technologies and Learning, ICITL 2020
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period2020/11/232020/11/26

Keywords

  • Engineering design process
  • PBL
  • Project-based learning
  • Science-Technology-Engineering-Math
  • STEM
  • Truss tower

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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