Engaging Children in Engineering Innovation
Presenter: Dr. Margaret Pinnell
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Session Description: 
The University of Dayton received a grant to develop and pilot “pick up and go” engineering activity modules that can be used for engineering outreach in classroom and after-school programs. These modules developed to incorporate research based best practices and principles that have been found to be successful in attracting girls to engineering.  The modules focused on engineering design and innovation, such that the activities encouraged team work, creativity and problem solving.  Additionally, scenarios were provided as part of the activities to demonstrate the social relevance of engineering.  
Presenter Bio:
Dr. Pinnell has taught in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UD since 1999. Her research interests include service-learning, K-12 STEM education and materials engineering and mechanical testing of materials, especially biological materials. She is Principal Investigator on two grants focused on K-12 STEM education.