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U433·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Spatial Vis™: Sketching as a First Step to Student Engagement in Engineering
Workshop Pre-College Engineering Education Division (PCEE)
Sun. June 23, 2024 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
F151, Oregon Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
Spatial visualization (i.e., thinking in 3D), is an essential skill for engineering students. Learning to freehand-sketch orthographics and isometrics increases spatial skills and performance in many engineering subjects. Sketching skills also aid concept generation and sharing technical ideas with teammates. The Spatial Vis™ software makes it more engaging for students to learn and easier to teach technical sketching. Students sketch on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and their sketches are graded automatically. If a student makes a mistake they receive a small hint and are encouraged to try again, thereby gaining points for persistence.

This workshop is ideal for middle school, high school, higher education, Introduction to Engineering, Engineering Design, Drafting, and CAD instructors. We will review the data on the benefits of freehand-sketch training, which have been shown to be especially advantageous to women and other marginalized groups.

Participants will then have an opportunity to use Spatial Vis™, and we will discuss best practices for implementation in the classroom. Additionally, the presenters will discuss how to incorporate sketching into design-build projects, and they will provide access to projects they have done in their Introduction to Engineering Design classrooms.

All participants will receive a free account to use Spatial Vis™ and are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to the workshop.

  1. Dr. Lelli Van Den Einde
    eGrove Education

    Lelli Van Den Einde, Ph.D., is a Teaching Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. She incorporates integrated pedagogical innovations such as Peer Instruction, Flipped Classroom, Project-Based Learning into core Structural Engineering courses; prepares and advises next generation faculty, advises student organizations, and is committed to activities that broaden the participation of marginalized groups in STEM and foster a supportive environment for diverse students. Her research focuses on engagement strategies for large classrooms and developing K-16 curriculum in earthquake engineering and spatial visualization. Contact:

  2. Dr. Nathan Delson
    eGrove Education

    Nathan (Nate) Delson, Ph.D. is a Teaching Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at San Diego. His research interests include robotics, biomedical devices, and engineering education. Nate teaches introductory design, mechanics, mechatronics, capstone design, medical devices, and product design & entrepreneurship. His interests in design education include increasing student motivation, teamwork, hands-on projects, and integration of theory into design projects. Contact:

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