Integrating mechatronics in project-based learning of Malaysian high school students and teachers

Flavia Tauro, Youngsu Cha, Faszly Rahim, Mohammad Sattar Rasul, Kamisah Osman, Lilia Halim, Dominick Dennisur, Ben Esner, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

College students' attrition in engineering programs is a major problem in developed and developing countries. Outreach activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are a powerful resource to ignite K-12 students' interest to pursue scientific and engineering careers. Here, a program on mechatronics for Malaysian high-schoolers developed at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and implemented at the National University of Malaysia is presented. The program follows a dual model where instructors and students work together on a project-based learning curriculum inspired by real-world problems. A group of Malaysian graduate students and high-school teachers was trained to serve as instructors by the New York University team. After training, the New York University team aided the instructors to administer the curriculum to 100 high-schoolers and organize a one-day exhibit for families at the National University of Malaysia. Pre- and post-assessment surveys offer evidence for the positive impact of the program on teachers' professional development and student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-320
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

Keywords

  • K-12
  • Malaysia
  • STEM education
  • outreach
  • smart cities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Mechanical Engineering

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