Mechanical Engineering holds the key to unlock the mysteries of our everyday world. This web page presents interesting, fun units that teach basic aspects of Mechanical Engineering. These units can be used independently or together to create an introductory course. The materials are created for non-engineering majors with a special focus on education students. The units can easily be adapted for majors as well. Lab activities are included. This web site documents a multi-faceted partnership involving the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine's Engineering, Psychology, and Education departments.
Who are we?
Principle Investigators (PIs)
- Camille George, Ph.D., School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
- Yvonne Ng, MSME, Mathematical Science/Interdisciplineary Department, Faculty co-Leader of Centers of Excellence for Women, Science, and Technology, College of St. Catherine
- Elise Amel, Ph.D., Psychology Department, University of St. Thomas
- Lucy Payne, Ph.D., School of Education , University of St. Thomas
- Denise Kapler , MSEd, alum of College of St. Catherine
What Did We Do?
- Power Up!-Get Energized: This series of units covering basic concepts of thermodynamics and energy transformations addresses the Thermodynamics core, introducing the first and second laws of thermodynamics by exploring global energy needs and by developing a world perspective on distribution of energy resources and energy consumption.
- Engineering in Your World: This series of units addresses the Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Fluids, Electronics, and Materials cores by using model building and problem solving to explore everyday needs and how engineering influences personal lives and decisions.
- Grant Assessment Tools: This series of tools measures course effectiveness. Effectiveness is measured through attitudinal, learning, behavior, and organizational outcomes.
- Educational Principles: This page explains definitions and strategies used in curriculum development.
- Acknowledgements: This page lists people and organizations who contributed to this work.
- Publications: This page lists publications generated as a result of this work.