Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2007 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


1-7 (12.967)

Conference Name

2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24-27, 2007


The College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University has developed project-based courses for freshmen engineering students in order to engage them in engineering early with the goal of increasing retention. The courses are divided into three five-week modules that are distributed among the various departments within the college. The Engineering Technology department is responsible for two of the five week modules. One module is comprised of all the engineering technology curriculums; civil, electrical and mechanical, and the other module is strictly a civil engineering technology project.

The civil engineering technology project is focused on the construction industry. Students are introduced to Civil Engineering as a discipline area, and then to the construction industry. Students are then taught how to estimate and schedule a simple bridge project using K'NEX Bridge Kits. Students build their bridges based on their estimates and can evaluate their quantity take offs for accuracy. This paper will describe the content of the module, describe how the bridge kits are used, and will detail the student enrollment changes that the civil engineering technology program has seen as a result of these projects based courses.


© 2007 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24-27, 2007.

Original Publication Citation

Considine, C., & Lewis, V. (2007). Introducing freshmen to construction estimating and scheduling using K'NEX Bridge Kits. Paper presented at the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.