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Saturday, May 6 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
High-Impact Digital Design and 3D Printing Student Research Internships Leading to Pedagogical Innovation in Cross-Disciplinary STEM Education FILLING

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Traditional lecture-centered approaches alone are inadequate for preparing students for the challenges of creative problem solving in the STEM disciplines. As an alternative, learner-centered and other high-impact pedagogies are gaining prominence. The Wabash College 3D Printing and Fabrication Center (3D-PFC) supports several initiatives on campus, but one of the most successful is a computer-aided design (CAD) and fabrication-based undergraduate research internship program. The first cohort of four students participated in an eight-week program during the summer of 2015. A second group of the four students was successfully recruited to participate the following summer. This intensive learner-centered research experience challenged students to employ digital design and fabrication in the design, testing, and construction of inexpensive scientific instrumentation for use in introductory STEM courses at Wabash College. The student research interns ultimately produced a variety of successful new designs that could be produced for less than $25 per device and successfully detect analytes of interest down to concentrations in the parts per million (ppm) range. These student-produced instruments have enabled innovations in the way introductory instrumental analysis is taught on campus. Beyond summer work, the 3D-PFC staffed student interns during the academic year, where they collaborated on various cross-disciplinary projects with students and faculty from departments such as mathematics, physics, biology, rhetoric, history, classics, and English. Thus far, the student work has led to three campus presentations, four presentations at national professional conferences, and three peer-reviewed publications. This presentation highlights initial progress as well as preliminary assessment findings.

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Lon Porter

Professor, Wabash College
Dr. Porter has enjoyed teaching at Wabash College since 2003. He works to help students explore and incorporate CAD, 3D printing, microcontroller board programming, and other desktop manufacturing tools to problems of interest to future scientists.

Saturday May 6, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Meeting Room A