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Board 119: Pre-engineering Programs and the Instillment of Empowering Abilities for Minorities: the Case of the SaviaLab Program

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Constanza Miranda Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile Orcid 16x16

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Constanza Miranda holds a PhD in design with a focus in anthropology from North Carolina State University. While being a Fulbright grantee, Constanza worked as a visiting researcher at the Center for Design Research, Mechanical Engineering Department, at Stanford. Today she is an assistant professor at P.Universidad Católica de Chile's Engineering School. There, she directs the DILAB: the engineering design initiative. Apart from developing the educational program in engineering design and innovation (Major IDI), the DILAB partners with forward thinking organizations to assess real life ill-defined issues. Past personal experiences involve work in industry and for consultancies such as Procorp Santiago, Cooper San Francisco and Continuum Milan. On the other hand Constanza is an entrepreneur in medical devices where she is continuously working in the detection of opportunities for innovation and development of new technologies. Her research work is focused mainly in the area of bio design, engineering-design education and design anthropology methods.

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Julián Iñaki Goñi Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Dilab UC - School of Engineering

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Julián is an educational psychologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), with academic certification in Economy. He is an instructor and researcher at DILAB UC (School of Engineering UC). He has collaborated in diverse innovation projects with the National Innovation Council (CNID), the Center for Studies of Argumentation and Reasoning (CEAR UDP) and ChileCreativo. In DILAB UC he researches on topics such as Engineering Education, Public Innovation and Teamwork. He is interested in research, theory and application of interdisciplinary social sciences, with emphasis on the intersection of psychology, innovation, education, philosophy and engineering.

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Hellen Massiel Fuenzalida Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile- Ingeniería UC- Dilab

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I am studying Civil Engineering with major Design, Engineering and Innovation UC, and at the same time I am doing master's program of engineering sciences. I entered university throught Talent and Inclusion Program. In my first year of university I saw the educational differences and since then one of my greatest motivations is the education quality in primary and secondary school in Chile.

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In this article, we will seek to present one of the few exemplars in Chile that can be considered a pre-engineering program. The national program of Savialab. Savialab just recently won the GEDC Diversity Award granted by Airbus and the Engineering Deans Council. We’ll briefly present Savialab’s methodology and describe its participants. Finally, we’ll describe our ongoing research methodology proposed to evaluate the programs impact as a genuine pre-engineering program. STEM study programs have become increasingly relevant in modern societies as they’re considered vehicles for economic and social development. Nonetheless, one of the major concerns in STEM education is the lack of adequate representation of minorities groups in these programs. Examples of this are women, low-income, rural or first-generation students, and ethnic minorities and other social identities typically underrepresented in STEM. To overcome these challenges, many public and private initiatives have been deployed. Among these, engineering schools in the US have developed educational programs to instill engineering abilities in pre-college students. These programs have been called pre-engineering programs. Although there are a significant number of articles showing the positive impact of pre-engineering, there is still concern about the lack of standards in instructional designs. In spite of the fact that ‘pre-engineering’ as a concept is becoming more broadly employed in the US, it hasn’t really reached popularity in Latin America, nor in Chile in particular.

Miranda, C., & Goñi, J. I., & Fuenzalida , H. M. (2019, June), Board 119: Pre-engineering Programs and the Instillment of Empowering Abilities for Minorities: the Case of the SaviaLab Program Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32206

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