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Integrating Curriculum With Entrepreneurial Mindset 1.0 (ICE 1.0)

The Engineering Unleashed Fellowship is comprised of faculty who were selected by their peers for their contribution to entrepreneurial engineering education. These faculty participated in the Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development National Workshop Program, advancing the community's mission to integrate entrepreneurial mindset into practices that benefit their students, their institutions, and greater society.

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Integrating Curriculum With Entrepreneurial Mindset 1.0 (ICE 1.0)

Exploring Consequences and Creating Value in a game programming project

Exploring Consequences and Creating Value in a Game Programming Project, by Chandana Tamma

How can we make an introductory programming course more engaging? Showing students a big picture view of their work by incorporating entrepreneurially minded learning! To successfully complete the project, students need to think critically and creatively about how their programming skills can create value, not just in a functional game, but one that communicates and educates effectively on a unique issue.
Mapping Undergraduate Coursework and Academic Disciplines to Known Innovations

Mapping Undergraduate Coursework and Academic Disciplines to Known Innovations, by Deeksha Seth

Use state-of-the-art innovations that are relevant and exciting to motivate students about the courses in the curriculum, as well as disciplines outside their major of interest. The overall idea is to have discussions about the integrative nature of innovations; how one expert from one field is likely not sufficient for successful innovations.
Quit Smoking: An Engineering Physiology and Biomedical Perspective

Quit Smoking: An Engineering Physiology and Biomedical Perspective, by Devina Jaiswal

The challenge with engineering physiology is to make the course relevant to engineers. This module brings the entrepreneurial mindset into a physiology course to promote active learning through group jigsaw discussions, investigating market for existing technology, and analyzing solutions. The goal is to bring a socially relevant topic that could impact society and link it to the course of study.
How Clean is Clean?

How Clean is Clean? by Eryn Hassemer

How often do you touch your phone? How about disinfect it? Have your students research the different types of microbial cultures that have caused epidemics or pandemic in the last 150 years, and then determine the types of microbes on their cell phones. They'll identify new methods to target unculturable microbes for various stakeholders, such as cleaning supply manufacturers.
Incorporating the 3Cs in an Introductory Chemical Engineering Course

Incorporating the 3Cs in an Introductory Chemical Engineering Course, by Julie Vernon

This first-year course was re-designed to include five hands-on-activities that mapped to a chemical engineering concept. Students are arranged in groups of consulting firms that need to bid on key projects. Each activity includes connection to a chemical engineering concept, upper level courses that students will need to take, and the real world in the form of how this activity would correlate to a job or industry in the chemical engineering field.
The Power is in Your Hands: Group Energy Design Project for Thermodynamics

The Power is in Your Hands: Group Energy Design Project for Thermodynamics, by Melissa Gibbons

This project was designed to expose students to contemporary energy topics that are not contained in the textbook, and to incorporate entrepreneurially-minded learning by posing the problem in such a way to create curiosity about the potential solutions, make connections between the technical designs and the broader impact those designs have from economic, environmental, or social points of view, and to motivate the students to create value for their community.
 Polymer Processing Learning Module

Polymer Processing Learning Module, by Michele Miller

Improve motivation for learning a new topic by sparking student curiosity! In addition to teaching about polymer molding processes, this polymer processing module is designed to increase student curiosity, promote independent learning, and add a customer focus. The module activities include an injection molding lab, Question Formulation Technique (QFT), Jigsaw, and mini-design project/business proposal.
Implementing Educational Pedagogies across the 3Cs

Implementing Educational Pedagogies across the 3Cs, by Nicole Ralston

This module is designed to be a refresher course for faculty members previously trained to some extent on KEEN and the 3Cs. Explore how often faculty use active learning pedagogies through application of the Four Corners Pedagogy. Explore the research on active learning through application of a reading protocol. Apply the Jigsaw strategy to refresh the 3Cs. And more!
Coastal Structures: Designing for Uncertainty, Designing for Failure

Coastal Structures: Designing for Uncertainty, Designing for Failure, by Robert Weaver

Not only is there uncertainty in designing for the present environmental conditions, but any structure with a design life of 10+ years will need to incorporate the uncertainty of sea level rise and coastal storm conditions. The design process requires that one take into account not only the risk of an event occurring, but also the cost of designing to that event. This card outlines a lesson in design of coastal structures that addresses the uncertainty in the design process.
[Biotransport / Biomaterials] Access to Drug Delivery/Release Control Using Biomaterials

[Biotransport / Biomaterials] Access to Drug Delivery/Release Control Using Biomaterials, by Youngbok (Abraham) Kang

This module is designed to provide junior/senior undergraduate students with opportunities to explore biomaterial applications. It fosters an entrepreneurial mindset by guiding students to design a prototype with biomaterials, to prove its concept and function, and to explore its potential use in a market. This module is intended as the term project in biomedical engineering classes, such as bio-transport and biomaterials, but could be deployed in other ways.
Stirling Engine Project - SEP

Stirling Engine Project (SEP), by Carmen Cioc

Stirling Engine Project (SEP) is a PBL exercise in which students are asked to draft a short paper on the topic and to create a small working prototype. SEP is a good example of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), reinforces the student’s connections to the 3Cs, is proven to support collaboration and communication, enhances learning and motivation, and supports academic achievements. This introductory project applies to any thermodynamics course.
CardDeck - EM Activities In a Digital Logic Course

CardDeck - EM Activities In a Digital Logic Course, by Firas Hassan

The Digital Logic introductory course covers arithmetic operations, combinational logic, sequential logic, applications of combinational and sequential logic, controller/dataflow design, and introduction to computer architecture. Six different entrepreneurially minded activities and assignments have been added to the course to enhance the entrepreneurial mindset of students. Get the details in this CardDeck collection!
FDA Regulation: How to Develop Regulatory Strategies for Class-II Medical Devices

FDA Regulation: How to Develop Regulatory Strategies for Class-II Medical Devices, by Hao Jiang

FDA regulations and regulatory strategies are crucial for the healthy development of a medical device company. Students, who may become entrepreneurs in this field, may encompass this subject in future and this module can prepare them with fundamental practices on the basics of regulatory strategies. The activities in this card emphasize active and collaborative learning experiences for students while providing them with opportunities to practice the learned principles related to FDA's regulations on medical devices.
Poppy's Playhouse - A Materials Science & Engineering PBL

Poppy's Playhouse - A Materials Science & Engineering PBL, by Jessica Vold

In this project-based learning experience, students are asked to explore the materials design and selection process to design, select building materials, and provide a bill of materials for a playhouse. This experience focuses on taking constraints, wants, needs, and nice to haves from various stakeholders and coming up with a product design, focused on materials selection, that satisfies all parties involved.
Introduction to Engineering Design - In-class Group Activity

Introduction to Engineering Design - In-class Group Activity, by Kelly Griendling

Within a single class period, students are challenged to design a new version of everyday object with which they are very familiar! The activity helps students independently make a series of observations about the reality of design and some of the inherent challenges in the design process. These include the multidisciplinary nature of design, the reality of ambiguous, hidden, or changing requirements, the need for a structured approach to the development of alternatives and the evaluation of design tradeoffs, the iterative nature of design, and the importance of effective communication and teamwork in a successful design process.
Start Small, Go Big: The 3C's Implementation Guides for EML Integration

Start Small, Go Big: The 3C's Implementation Guides for EML Integration, by Megan Morin

Implementing entrepreneurial-minded learning and the 3C's can be overwhelming to faculty who are new to active learning and this pedagogy. Use these activities to encourage faculty to start small and become confident and comfortable in their abilities to teach in this way! Each implementation guide includes a list of five to seven strategies ranging from small-scale 10-30 minute "micro-moment" activities to larger scale multi-week projects. All contain existing resources but are organized to provide faculty examples and resources.
Information Seeking, Journal Literacy, and Synthesis: Exercises to Improve Papers and Presentations

Information Seeking, Journal Literacy, and Synthesis: Exercises to Improve Papers and Presentations, by Russell (Kirk) Pirlo

This is a series of “Formative Exercises” and “Metacognition Exercises” assigned throughout a single-semester course. These exercises develop skills that will then be demonstrated in two products, a Current Literature Presentation and a Journal Articles Synthesis Paper. Together, these components will account for ~50-60% of the course effort. While there are some exercises specific to an “Introduction to Bioengineering” course, most are topic agnostic, and this card should be easily adaptable to many other subjects. This format works well for survey class because it allows students to pursue their own topic of interest.
The 3 C's of Radiation - Radiant Golden Delight

The 3 C's of Radiation - Radiant Golden Delight, by Tim Shenk

In this project based open-ended design learning opportunity, students are required to design, build, and modify a roaster for different sized marshmallows using heating wire. The roaster had to accommodate 3 different sized marshmallows. Groups present their work to their peers while roasting different size marshmallows! This project provides significant active engagement.
Mini Scrum: An Innovative Project for an Introductory Digital Logic Design Course

Mini Scrum: An Innovative Project for an Introductory Digital Logic Design Course, by Xiaoguang Ma

Scrum is one of the most popular frameworks adopted by many technology companies, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix. This mini Scrum project includes a single sprint, requiring each group of students to organize as a multifunction team to deliver a product with incremental innovative function(s) implemented with their digital design skills. The project contains combinational and sequential digital design, the Scrum development framework, and innovation methodology.