Translating systems engineering for high school teachers and students: an exploratory study of implementing some initial SE concepts Online publication date: Thu, 24-Dec-2009
by Rashmi Jain, Mercedes McKay, Beth McGrath, Debra Brockway
International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems (IJIDSS), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2009
Abstract: Systems engineering is a life cycle approach to engineering design: the integration of numerous technical and non-technical disciplines toward the development of new products, systems and services. This paper describes the experiences of the authors in designing and implementing a three-year project to engage high school classes in a geographically-distributed systems engineering design project that addresses relevant, social challenges of interest to students worldwide. Collaborating with others around the world to develop a solution to an engineering problem, students are introduced to systems-thinking, team work, effective communication and other 21st century workforce skills. This innovative project aims to increase the number of students interested in pursuing engineering as a career and to increase the pool of teachers familiar with engineering design and systems thinking.
Online publication date: Thu, 24-Dec-2009
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