Share Paper: TECHFIT: Combining fitness & technology to spark interest in STEM

  1. Alka Harriger, Purdue University, United States
  2. Michael Flynn, College of Charleston, United States
  3. Bradley Harriger, Purdue University, United States
  4. Susan Flynn, College of Charleston, United States
Wednesday, March 9 1:30 PM-2:00 PM McGavock's A

Abstract: The goal of the Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists (TECHFIT) project was to foster middle school student enthusiasm for STEM disciplines by equipping them with the skills to become innovators of interesting, fun, and valuable fitness games. The TECHFIT team conducted a pilot study to test their premise. The study engaged twenty-two seventh grade students in hardware and software lessons and gave them experience with commercially available, technology-supported fitness games (Wii fit, Dance Dance Revolution). Students and parents were given pre-and post-pilot study surveys to assess their enthusiasm for the program and gauge their interest in ...