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Assessing The Outcomes Of Two Summer Camps At Nku

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Diversity and K-12 Issues

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Engineering Technology

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13.233.1 - 13.233.8



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Seyed Allameh Northern Kentucky University

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Seyed Allameh is a full graduate faculty of Northern Kentucky University. Prior to joining NKU, Dr. Allameh conducted research at Princeton University for 5 years in the areas of MEMS, nanotechnology and advanced materials. He has served as a guest editor/editorial board of journals including Journals of Materials Science. Dr. Allameh holds a PhD from The Ohio State University. He has published over 70 scientific papers/book chapters.

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Thomas Brackman Northern Kentucky University

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Thomas B. Brackman is the Physical Science and Pre-Engineering Recruiting Director at CINSAM, Northern Kentucky University, where he directs a program to foster interest in Science and Engineering for high school students. Mr. Brackman received his BS from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Earth Science, from the University of Memphis.

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C. Dale Elifrits Northern Kentucky University

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C.Dale Elifrits is the Director of Pre-engineering and Outreach in CINSAM at NKU. Elifrits holds the titles of Professor Emeritus of Geological Engineering and Associate Director Emeritus of Freshman Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Rolla in 1980 in geological engineering. He taught for nine years in public school science at middle and high schools level in earth science and chemistry prior to moving to engineering. He has 33 years of experience in engineering education.

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny Northern Kentucky University

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny is an Associate professor and a graduate faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Sadat-Hossieny is actively involved in consulting and research in different areas of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology fields such as CADD, Automation, and technology transfer mechanisms. He regularly publishes papers in different proceedings and journals.

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Assessing the Outcomes of 2007 NKU Engineering Camps


This paper compares and contrasts the outcomes of two, one-week-long summer engineering camps conducted with mostly similar components but for two different groups of pre-college students. One group consisted of mostly male students whereas only female students constituted the second group. The outcomes of the camps were assessed to evaluate the accomplishment of the objectives of the engineering camp project which was supported by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) at Northern Kentucky University. The results of the assessments will be used to modify the program in order to maximize its efficiency in terms of the program’s educational contents, its target audiences, and its outreach impacts.


Interest is growing in the reorientation of educational programs to make them more outcome-based and results-oriented [1-4]. Outreach programs, as parts of recruitment efforts of educational institutions, are especially appropriate for outcome assessment. The results of such assessment allow evaluation of the accomplishment of the objectives and provide for fine tuning of outreach activities leading to the improvement of the quality of the educational programs.

Assessment tools used to evaluate the accomplishment of the outcomes of conventional educational programs that include class and laboratory activities may not be directly applicable to outreach programs which are not degree-based. A modification of such tools may be helpful in the evaluation of outreach programs such as summer camps intended for high school students. This is even more critical in the light of the fact that some programs such as engineering summer camps can be broad-based with a multifaceted agenda that includes exposure to science and engineering topics, hands-on activities in those fields, tours of firms and manufacturing plants and information-sharing sessions. The assessment process is even more intricate for collaborative camps in which the participants receive their training by instructors from several competitive programs including the physical sciences, pre-engineering, and engineering technology.

Recruitment efforts targeting different types of audiences may require appropriately tailored schemes that maximize their efficiency. The need for customization may become necessary for recruitment efforts intended for programs less populated by the target “Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2008, American Society for Engineering Education”

Allameh, S., & Brackman, T., & Elifrits, C. D., & Sadat-Hossieny, M. (2008, June), Assessing The Outcomes Of Two Summer Camps At Nku Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3338

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