Socially-Relevant Design: The TOYtech Project at Smith College

TitleSocially-Relevant Design: The TOYtech Project at Smith College
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsMikic, B, Grasso, D
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2002
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
AbstractAs issues of professional and ethical responsibility are receiving greater emphasis in engineering programs, the view of engineering as a profession in service to humanity is becoming more widespread. One approach to fostering this perspective among engineering students is the inclusion of socially relevant design projects throughout the curriculum. In this paper we present an example of one such project used in the introduction to engineering course at Smith College (the largest women's college in the U.S.) in which students are challenged to design toys that introduce children to the principles that underlie technology (TOYtech, or Teaching Our Youth Technology). Based on student surveys, we found that the majority of the course learning objectives were achieved through the implementation of the project, with students emphasizing that the project taught them about the importance of working well in teams and of considering the societal impact of engineering practice. 
NotesMIKIC, BORJANA 1; Email Address: GRASSO, DOMENICO 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Picker Engineering Program, Smith College; Source Info: 7/ 1/2002, Vol. 91 Issue 3, p319; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: LEARNING; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Company/Entity: SMITH College; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 3 Charts; Document Type: Article