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Thursday, July 27 • 9:00am - 11:30am
Gateway to STEM: Improving Spatial Skills - Part 1

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The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3-D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment of 3-D spatial skills and associated gender differences has been a topic of educational research for nearly a century; however, a great deal of the previous work has been aimed at merely identifying differences. For more than two decades, Sheryl Sorby has been conducting research aimed at identifying practical methods for improving 3-D spatial skills, especially for women engineering students. This presentation details the significant findings obtained over the past several years through this research and identifies strategies that appear to be effective in developing 3-D spatial skills and in contributing to student success.

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Sheryl Sorby

Professor of Engineering Education, Ohio State University
Dr. Sheryl Sorby is a Professor of Engineering Education at The Ohio State Universityand a Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics fromMichigan Technological University. She recently served as a Fulbright Scholar at DublinInstitute of Technology. She is a... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Jane Woodruff Hall 124

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