Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
The field of engineering, and specifically chemical engineering, is projected to increase significantly over the next 10 years. Engineering programs require students to have a strong foundation of math and science. Students in the United States are often underprepared to enter these programs, and the majority of high school students are not interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field at all. For this project, a unit teaching plan was created to introduce students to the field of engineering, providing a foundation for their upper-level STEM classes, and encouraging them to consider engineering as a career in the future. The unit plan is intended to be a single 30-minute to 1 hour presentation with an optional visual activity, that includes 3 learning objectives. The unit was presented at 4 elementary schools in Northwest Arkansas. Results from a teacher survey administered during the presentations indicated that the presentation was successful in implementing the learning objectives.
Elementary education, STEM education, engineering education
Smith, C. (2023). A Teaching Unit Plan for Introducing Engineering in 1st-2nd Grade Classrooms. Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/cheguht/194
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