A collaborative partnership with Binghamton University and Indiana University looking at integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the home environment.
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The Home Engineering Project is a community-based research project, funded by the National Science Foundation. A partnership between faculty and graduate students at Indiana University and Binghamton University, research and program implementation have begun that seeks to integrate engineering design practices in the home environment of children and families in Indiana and Upstate New York.
We hope to better understand various ways of making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) practices more approachable and applicable to students and their families, in spaces that they are familiar and comfortable with.
Starting in the spring of 2019 in Bloomington, our team of researchers, volunteer engineers, local students and their families worked together to brainstorm engineering challenges in their homes, prototype mechanisms and devices, and test their creations!
“My project was meant to help people in third world countries or people who can’t afford electricity in their homes. The solution was to make small solar panels so people would have energy for appliances necessary for everyday living.” (Zac)
Research has continued into 2020, with two program sites in Bloomington, IN and Johnson City, NY. This second phase of the grant seeks to further understand how marginalized families and students might integrate the engineering design process into their daily lives, as well as how their STEM identity develops or changes throughout the process.
“My project is a remote controlled delivery robot to help people who can’t get out of bed or are sick…I was thinking about someone in a nursing home or something like that. My solution was to build a robot and program it to go to each of the rooms in our house in the morning.” (Cindy)
In the future, this project aims to expand its reach and begin working with rural communities to better understand how the engineering design process and STEM identity development might manifest in different ways.
“We currently have a box with microgreens and a micro bit to track temperature in Celsius. Microgreens are baby plants that need a lot of moisture and can’t go above a certain temperature. We planned and talked about using lamps and other elements to manage this environment.” (Chari)
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This research is funded by the US National Science Foundation under Award DRL-1148471. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.