Activities & Resources

Motivation and Mindset

The Engineering Unleashed Fellowship is comprised of faculty who were selected by their peers for their contribution to entrepreneurial engineering education. The activities and resources below are from faculty who participated in the Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development National Workshop Program, specifically in the Motivation and Mindset workshop. This workshop helps educators understand and design an intervention to positively shift student motivation in the classroom.

Motivation and Mindset

An Open Ended Design Project Promoting Autonomy in an Introduction to Engineering Course, by Chao Wang

An Open Ended Design Project Promoting Autonomy in an Introduction to Engineering Course, by Chao Wang

This card describes a free-choice open-ended design project that supports student autonomy, one of the three basic psychological needs from self-determination theory (SDT). Here you'll find all of the materials needed to implement a nine-week long team-based open-ended multi-disciplinary design project in an introduction to engineering course.
SIMS: A tool for increasing student curiosity

SIMS: A Tool for Increasing Student Curiosity, by Deborah Besser

The Situational Motivation Scale (SIMS) tool measures student interest and self regulation on specific tasks. After faculty self-assessed motivation and regulation on an engineering task of their choosing, they used SIMS to assess and increase student intrinsic motivation and self regulation on specific tasks. An umbrella IRB study allowed for faculty to better understand student curiosity and adjust in real time without compromising student anonymity.