Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date





1-16 pp.

Conference Name

2019 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida, June 16-19, 2019


The gap in the area of advanced manufacturing skilled workforce and the efforts in guiding veterans towards STEM careers are merged in the NSF funded project presented in this paper. While most of the products and STEM educational programs focused on a maker concept that are currently available are specifically designed for young population, at various K-12 grade levels, to increase their interest in STEM and engineering careers in particular, there is a limited availability of such programs to address adult population. The study presented in this paper focuses on developing and implementing a series of workshops for veterans, using bio-inspired robots as a learning platform. The design, making and controlling of bio-inspired robots require knowledge of mechanical, electrical, computer, and material science engineering, and have the potential to spark interest in a wide variety of engineering pathways. The paper discusses the topics covered by the workshops, the scaffolding of the activities, and the assessment conducted on how the bio-inspired robotics activities may influence veterans’ attitude towards advanced manufacturing careers.


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Original Publication Citation

Popescu, O., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Kaipa, K., & Arcaute, K., & Dean, A. W. (2019, June), Impact of bioinspired robots on veterans pursuing STEM degrees [Paper presentation]. 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida.


0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanovic), 0000-0002-8095-938X (Kaipa)