Experiential learning for engineering students through educational outreach and leadership

Ethan M. Long, Hans S. Goertz, Stephanie C. Termaath, James G. Coder

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


The University Leadership Initiative was created in 2015 as a unique cooperation between NASA and United States universities. As part of this program, participating universities were encouraged to develop future engineers at all levels of education. Therefore, an outreach team consisting of multiple undergraduate engineering students and a project coordinator was formed at the Aerodynamic Design Center for Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles, lead by the University of Tennessee. Over the past two years, this team created several lesson plans focused on aerospace concepts and presented them to fourth through ninth grade students at after-school programs in the Knoxville, TN area. Team members controlled all parts of the lesson, from creation to instruction. This model led to a greater sense of ownership amongst the team members, which increased their involvement in the lessons. This paper focuses on the benefits to the undergraduate students, methods used, and recommendations for similar programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
StatePublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2020Jan 10 2020

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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