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U495I·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Parametric Teaching Tools for Early Engineering Design Education
Workshop Sponsored Workshops
Sun. June 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 336, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
Engineering analysis concepts can be challenging to comprehend and complex to integrate into design, particularly when potential design variables are conditional on each other and students are still learning professional design tools. Parametric tools, however, can allow students to explore a complex model with ease and learn how engineering design variables can affect a final solution. Using parametric tools in teaching engages student learning beyond lectures without the constraints of lab limitations, which can be helpful at many scales. This workshop will help educators understand the structure of a parametric model, learn how to build a parametric model of their own, and consider ways to apply parametric tools in their own teaching plans as an approach to engaging student learning.

  1. Stephanie Bunt

    Has designed and led several workshop sessions for a range of participants:
    - Continuing Education Structures Workshop at Ball State University
    - Women in Careers workshop for Indianapolis ISD students
    - Women in STEM fields workshop for Middle School girls at Penn State University
    - Science in the Park learning sessions for the Centre County Park System, PA

  2. Dr. Nathan C Brown

    Experience teaching and developing exercises for parametric thinking/design tools to audiences in:
    - Engineering Education (MIT, Boston Architectural College, Penn State, Stanford)
    - Industry (Workshops for the Boston Society of Architects and individual companies such as HOK and Dimella Shaffer)
    - K-12 (Developed a parametric design activity in collaboration with the MIT Museum Idea hub that exposes middle school and younger students to digital design, structural behavior, and 3D