Date of Graduation

8-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Advisor

Hubert, Stephanie

Reader

Smith, Kathleen

Second Reader

Balasubramanian, Mahendran

Abstract

This research project investigates the impact of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) 3D printing presentation on a selected population and evaluates the need for further research on 3D printing as an introduction to STEM education. Participants completed a pre-survey measuring knowledge and interest in STEM education and 3D printing. A PowerPoint presentation demonstrated the viability of STEM education and careers and showed the variety of careers that utilize 3D printing. After the presentation, a demonstration of 3D printed small objects showed a sample of what is possible with the A5 3D printer. Each participant received a 3D printed item as a “takeaway.” Finally, a post survey to reevaluate knowledge and interest in 3D printing and STEM education was conducted. After the presentations, researchers analyzed the data from the pre-surveys and post-surveys to examine the change in knowledge of STEM and 3D printing. The results showed students awareness of basic STEM knowledge and exposure to 3D printing. However, there was a deficit in knowledge of STEM careers and a lack of interest in technology found in the research.

Keywords

Fashion Design, 3D Printing, STEM Education, Technology

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