Pictures from our Ed+gineering activities starting in the Fall 2016 Semester and ending in the Spring 2019 Semester.
Since Fall 2016, teams of education and engineering students have collaborated in a service learning project to plan and teach engineering lessons to elementary students. Fourth and fifth graders travel to ODU’s campus for “Engineering Day” where they tour engineering labs and a residence hall, have lunch, and complete a design challenge planned by the undergraduate students. Each semester approximately 20 teams deliver engineering lessons for students in 2-3 local schools. This multidisciplinary collaboration occurs in an introductory required course for each discipline.
Since Spring 2018, education students in an educational technology course have been running an after school technology club (the “WoW Club”) at a local Norfolk school. Mid-semester, partnered 5th graders and preservice teachers are joined by engineering students from a computing/electromechanical systems class to design, build, and code bio-inspired robots during a 5-week robotics project. At the culmination of the project, teams present their robots to the children’s families in an evening showcase event.
In Spring 2019, science methods students partnered with engineering students in a fluid mechanics course to design and deliver inquiry-based (5Es) lessons to 4th graders. The elementary school students visited the ODU campus for Engineering Day, where they toured engineering labs, a residence hall, ate lunch, and participated in the lessons planned by the college students.