Engaging first-year students with a hands-on course using student-driven projects

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This evidence-based practice paper describes the development of a second-semester project-based learning course for freshmen in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The course grew from a collegiate effort to develop community and equip freshmen with the knowledge, experiences and skills they need to be successful and remain engaged in science and engineering. It builds on a first-semester required course for freshmen that addresses vital topics such as choosing a major, becoming engaged in activities, understanding diversity and developing a resume. The topic of this paper is a second semester, hands-on, elective project-based learning course that is designed to give freshmen the chance to explore their interests and experience the satisfaction of completing a challenging, student-driven team project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 15 2019
Event126th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Charged Up for the Next 125 Years, ASEE 2019 - Tampa, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2019Jun 19 2019

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