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K12 Outreach: Using Biomechanical Engineering Design Projects to Teach Difficult STEM Concepts to Middle School Students

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Kristen L. Billiar, Terri A. Camesano

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Robin Belisle, Tanea Cezar, Mary Fusco, Cecelia Gray, Thomas Oliva, Veronica L. Tate

Central Massachusetts Middle Schools, MA

Jeanne Hubelbank

EvalConsult, Sudbury, MA

Paper No. SBC2009-206374, pp. 477-478; 2 pages
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Lake Tahoe, California, USA, June 17–21, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4891-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts become more difficult and less interesting for many students in middle school, thus discouraging many from pursuing science and engineering. To aid in student learning and motivation, we collaborated with middle school teachers to develop engineering design projects to teach difficult STEM concepts. Biomechanics projects appear to motivate student learning and reinvigorate the teaching of engineering topics.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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