Engineering Design Coaches gain valuable leadership experience while teaching new engineering students critical skills.
Engineering Design Coaches (EDCs) are current engineering students who work with the instructional technician for Area 01 and the MILL Makerspaces to develop a curriculum for ENGR 202: Experience Engineering. This course teaches new engineering students basic skills they will find helpful during their time at the University through a series of workshops designed by the EDCs. To help you prepare for facilitating ENGR 202, you will take ENGR 498: Student Leadership Development in the Spring.
Through this experience, you will help students explore the fun and possibilities of engineering design while building vital leadership and communication skills that will bolster your resume and prepare you for your career. You will also earn course credit and a scholarship.
Detailed program description
The EDC program works to support the operation of ENGR 202: Introduction to Making. Focused on serving first-year ENGRUD students, the course uses a hands-on approach to teach students fundamental skills that they will be able to apply in their future as engineers and their lives in general. Designed as a build-your-own-adventure style class, students select workshops that they would like to attend off of the course schedule. Students then attend their chosen workshop and complete a minor homework assignment that allows them to practice the skills they learned in the workshop.
EDCs will attend a leadership class with other student leaders on campus during the spring quarter with a linked ENGR 498 credit. They will design workshops focused on giving students hands-on, practical skills that they will be able to use elsewhere in their university journey. During the following academic year (Fall-Spring), the EDCs will facilitate weekly iterations of their workshops for an average workshop size of five students.
Prepare course materials
- Choose a workshop topic that interests you and develop a curriculum
- Develop lesson plans and supplemental materials
- Design homework assignments that build on lessons learned in the workshop
- Work with fellow EDCs to create a robust curriculum that connects with and builds off the work of your peers
- Prepare for ENGR 202 workshops
- Lead meaningful activities designed to further student learning
- Teach students how to use makerspace tools, hand tools, and software
- Record students’ participation and attendance using Canvas
- Provide thoughtful feedback on student work
- Guide students through the process of learning new skills and applying them in a variety of environments
- Empower students to use their creativity and skills in projects
- Support students’ exploration of engineering disciplines and applications
- Share personal experience as an engineering student
- Help connect students to university resources
Collaborate with ENGR 202 teaching team
- Meet weekly with program director, teaching assistants, and fellow EDCs in the fall quarter and the quarters you serve as an EDC
- Communicate frequently with program director and teaching assistants about any student issues or workshop concerns.
Serve as a member of the EDC team
- Actively engage in all EDC trainings and meetings
- Collaborate with program director, instructional technician, and teaching assistants
- Share thoughts and ideas about the ENGR 202 course design
- Build relationships with fellow EDCs
- Utilize fellow EDCs as resources
As a result of serving as an EDC, you will be able to:
- Build effective relationships with people from varying backgrounds
- Communicate effectively through a variety of modes (email, public speaking, Canvas)
- Develop greater confidence as a leader on campus
- Support engineering undeclared and non-STEM students in their exploration of engineering topics through experiential learning
- Create an engaging workshop experience that contributes to students’ achievement of the ENGR 202 learning outcomes
- Value an intentional exploration and discernment process
Time and course commitments
- Attend the EDC Orientation: Tentatively set for Thursday, March 3 2022, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
- Tentative: Participate fully in the EDC Retreat, April 15 - 17, 2022
- Register and earn credit for ENGR 498 Student Leadership Development: Engineering Design Coaches. In this class, you will receive training on transition theory, public speaking, discussion facilitation, lesson plan development, and leadership.
- Lecture: likely every other Tuesday from 2:30-3:20 p.m. OR Wednesday from 2:30–3:20 p.m.
- AND Quiz section: likely Friday, 3:30-4:50 pm
- Note: Your schedule must accommodate the class times to be able to participate in the program.
- EDC check-in #1: Individual meeting with Program Advisor and Teaching Team to articulate your goals for the upcoming year
- Continue to revise workshop lesson plans and train on equipment as needed
- Attend EDC program per-quarter training: tentatively set for Friday, September 23rd 2022, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Facilitate weekly iterations of the workshop you designed during Spring and Summer
- Cross-train on another EDC’s workshop
- Attend ENGR 498 once weekly during the Fall quarter for additional instruction
- EDC check-in #2: Individual meeting with program advisor and teaching team to gauge progress on goals set in the Spring.
- Facilitate weekly iterations of the workshop you designed during Spring and Summer OR workshop you cross-trained on during Fall
- Develop a second workshop of your own for use in Spring Quarter
- Attend ENGR 498 bi-weekly during Winter Quarter for additional instruction
- EDC check-in #3: Individual meeting with program adviser and teaching team to gauge progress on goals set in Spring/Fall. Develop new plans as needed
- Assist with selection of new EDCs (returning EDCs only)
- Facilitate weekly iterations of the workshop you designed during Spring and Summer OR workshop you cross-trained on during Fall OR Winter
- Attend ENGR 498 bi-weekly during Spring Quarter for additional instruction
- EDC check-in #4: Individual meeting with Program Advisor and Teaching Team to gauge progress on goals set in Spring/Fall/Winter. Develop new plans as needed.
- Participate in at least one EDC recruitment activity (tableing or info session)
- Complete EDC final reflection
- You must be enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Engineering at UW Seattle with an expected graduation date of June 2023 or later.
- Passion for helping students explore engineering and learn new skills.
- Demonstrated involvement on campus or in the community.
- Strong organizational and time management skills; demonstrated ability to balance a variety of activities, including academics and extracurricular activities.
- Ability to work well with peers, new students, staff; ability to listen and respond to individuals' questions and concerns; ability to help others problem solve and make decisions.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills: the ability to work well with peers, new students, staff; ability to listen and respond to individuals' questions and concerns; ability to help others problem solve and make decisions.
- Collaboration skills: be open to learning from and with fellow EDCs and be motivated to create your own workshops and lesson plans with other EDCs.
- Public Speaking: Be comfortable presenting in front of an audience of up to five people and facilitating discussions, or possess the commitment to building these skills.
- A commitment to fulfilling all responsibilities as an EDC throughout the Spring of your selection as an EDC.
- Good academic standing: have a solid academic record demonstrating effective time management and organization skills.
- $1,000 scholarship (dispersed in equal installments after successful completion of each Quarter)
- 1-3 variable credit hours Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.
- Spring: ENGR 498 credit for Student Leadership Development: Engineering Design Coach class.
- Autumn: ENGR 498 credit for continued weekly training and teaching workshops for ENGR 202.