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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 1:50pm - 2:05pm
| 2A | Development of ‘superpracs’ that appeal to both male and female high school students

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This paper describes a study undertaken to transform existing hands-on laboratory activities into superpracs suitable for marketing to Year 10 to Year 12 students. A survey of global practice in marketing activities identified the best practicals, which were developed into ‘superpracs’ to appeal more to both boys and girls and present engineering careers as interesting and exciting. Engineering is one of the most male-dominated professions in the western world. Many factors contribute to low numbers of women in STEM, including perceptions of self-efficacy and cultural stereotypes. In a study of US Women in Engineering programs the best programs focused on cultural change in the faculty, while the worst focused on interventions directed at helping girls to cope.

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Monday December 7, 2015 1:50pm - 2:05pm
Rincon Room RACV Torquay map C3

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