June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Minorities in Engineering
13.242.1 - 13.242.9
Attracting Minority Students to Science and Engineering
This paper describes a number of outreach activities to attract minority students to science and engineering careers. These activities include presentations by guest speakers, tours of a NASA center for K-12 educators, workshops for middle school students, and hands-on demonstrations and experiments. The paper presents details about the activities implemented during the last year. Results are briefly described.
Strategies employed to recruit and retain students in science and engineering fields include hands-on approaches1- 3, field trips4, 5, summer workshops6, 7, competitions8, and software training programs9. This paper describes the activities of a new project, Impact of Space Exploration Programs (ISEP), designed to educate the public about the benefits of space exploration and to attract minority students to science and engineering careers. Specifically, the goals and objectives to be accomplished under ISEP are:
Increase K-12 educator knowledge of space research projects and educational opportunities Inspire students and increase their interest in science, mathematics, and technology Increase the public’s knowledge of the benefits of space exploration programs Communicate to students NASA educational activities and career opportunities Enhance the university image in the community and support our efforts in attracting and recruiting Hispanic and other underrepresented students.
These goals are accomplished through the following activities:
Organizing presentations by NASA guest speakers Organizing tours for K-12 educators to visit Johnson Space Center (JSC) and tour center facilities Conducting seminars to introduce JSC tour participants to educational opportunities and facilities Providing workshops for middle school students where the emphasis is on application of math and science to space related activities especially robots Creating a project web site that will serve as a communication link with local constituents and the larger community Producing a CD to disseminate the project results and help in sustaining the project.
Student assistants helped with the implementation of all activities, including conducting some of the sessions.
Bachnak, R., & esparza, J. (2008, June), Attracting Minority Students To Science And Engineering Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3952
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