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Educating Children in Manufacturing and Mechanical Concepts

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Rodney Hill

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Paper No. ESDA2008-59312, pp. 619-623; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 9th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 3: Design; Tribology; Education
  • Haifa, Israel, July 7–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4837-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3827-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A multilevel, multifaceted learning environment has been designed at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (ERC/RMS) to help young children (ages 5 to 10 years) understand the basic concepts of manufacturing industry and to appreciate why manufacturing is important to their lives. The design of this environment is grounded on observed interactions of children and technology, research literature on pupil’s understanding of mechanics and on the concepts of a rich learning environment. The components of this environment include stories, cartoon characters, puzzles, games, and solitary and group activities. The activities require easily available household objects and common toys. These materials are targeted for families with early-elementary and home-schooled children.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Manufacturing



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