Develop activities to inspire next generations' engineer

By: Sarinah Ziziumiza
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Student engagement program is a great way to help motivate students to inform and develop their interest to take up the subject matter as an option for their future studies or career. But there are several factors that need to be considered before an engagement program is introduced to them. One of the key factors is to address the aims and objectives of the engagement program. The present work investigates the factors that influence the needs of the engagement program. The premise of this dissertation is that appropriate teaching and learning methods needs to be evaluated so that the students can fully engaged and become aware about the engineering field. In chapter 2 is the review of certain institutions who are conducting similar type of engagement. Learn from their mistakes and evaluate their findings whether their engagement methods are successful and achievable. Through the review, a number of engagement methods can be developed that comply with the aims of the study. As such, plan schedule of the engagement can be developed with other factors that might affect the outcomes such as time management, organizations of staff, economic advantage, materials supply, safety procedures, audience, engagement venue and developing hands-on activities of interest. A number of hands-on activities are proposed and analysed in order to satisfy the needs and meet the demands of the students and the responsible institutions. Also, take into account the aspect of designing the activities such as the physical attributes, materials, cost, level of enjoyment, the subject content and it relevancy towards the engineering curriculum. Once the activities have been decided for, in this case three activities; fluid properties, forces on an inclined plane and the hydraulic robotic arm, consider the learning and teaching procedures for effective delivery of information. Learning materials are distributed and share such as presenting using PowerPoint and explaining the calculus on whiteboard. Learning notes, working space are provided. Engagement techniques are included. These are then practiced with a number of students which are later assessed by using questionnaires and interview to get their feedback on the outcomes of the engineering engagement.

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