A new course at Ohio State University’s College of Engineering is giving college engineers a way to connect with middle school students, according to an Ohio State press release. The course, called Translating Engineering Research to K-8, is a partnership with the university and KIPP Journey Academy in Columbus that aims to give middle-schoolers a hands-on experience with engineering design.
The course takes 12 Ohio State students who have already completed summer research projects and has them create mini design challenges suitable for middle-schoolers. “Their job has been to create open-ended design challenges that have middle school students learn how to solve problems using the engineering design process,” said Andrew Parkhurst, an engineering lecturer and one of two TEK8 course instructors, in the release. “That really challenges them to tap into their creative side.”