2018 FYEE Conference

Full Paper: Future Design Studio – Building a Growth Mindset and a Path to Persistence Through Improvisation and Design Fiction

Presented at Technical Session V

Future Design Studio is a multidisciplinary two-day workshop combining science, technology, history, improvisation, design, and making. The workshop seeks to enhance retention in STEM by helping students form a develop a growth mindset and the communal traits necessary for success. To accomplish this, the workshop provides an environment where students engage in improvisation exercises to build community, practice communication skills, and develop critical thinking by examining scientific and technological progress. During the workshop, students explore ethical and societal issues surrounding science and technology through the physical prototyping of imagined artifacts from 100 years in the future and through watching and discussing an improvisational performance by professional actors using the artifacts the students have created. Approximately 50 underrepresented and/or at-risk first year students participated in Future Design Studio in 2017. Initial results show students are developing the foundations of a growth mindset through their experience in Future Design Studio. Students also reported an increase in their comfort levels with communicating in their classes, a greater sense that they will succeed in STEM fields, and the creation of a positive community to grow with during their time at college.

Authors
  1. Dr. Aubrey Wigner Michigan State University [biography]
  2. Dr. Megan K Halpern Michigan State University
  3. Dr. Isaac Record Michigan State University [biography]
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