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Board 56: Assessing Interest and Appeal of Engineering in a High School Program Designed to Enhance Entry into Engineering in an INCLUDES Project

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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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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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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11

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Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh Arizona State University

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Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh is Assistant Dean of Engineering Education at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is Tooker Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, & Energy. His research interests include educational research methods, communication of research, and k-16+ engineering education. Ganesh’s research is largely focused on studying the impact of k-12 and undergraduate curricula, and teaching-learning processes in both the formal and informal settings. He is also studying entry and persistence in engineering of first generation, women, and under-represented ethnic minorities.

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Kyle D. Squires Arizona State University

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James Collofello Arizona State University

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Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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Robin R. Hammond Arizona State University

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Mrs. Robin Hammond is Founding Director of the Fulton Schools Career Center in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. The Center serves over 22,000 undergraduate, masters and doctoral engineering students and technical professionals on 3 campuses, including both online and full-immersion programs. Robin’s team helps companies recruit from a robust, top-rated technical talent pipeline that includes Universal Learners from around the world. Beyond traditional career events and virtual fairs, the Center promotes engagement in experiential-based hiring programs such as global challenges, hackathons, design-build challenges, industry-led class projects, and other “Fulton Difference” programs. Robin is passionate about broadening participation in higher education through first-generation, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and serves as the adviser for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society @ ASU. Currently, Robin is the ASEE Cooperative & Experiential Education Division Chair-Elect for 2019-2020, and served previously as the division's Program Chair for the ASEE-CIEC conference. Robin has 25 years of experience in career services, which she began after earning her bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism from ASU.

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study is to examine the engineering interests held by a diverse sample of high school students, along with a battery of social cognitive factors related to interest – including experience with engineering, knowledge and understanding of engineering as a career field, and identity as an engineer. The study is part of an overarching program of research at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, aimed at testing the efficacy of an out-of-school engineering program, Young Engineers Shape the World embedded in an NSF INCLUDES project. This NSF project, Engineers from Day One, aims to facilitate the engineering identities of female, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students, with the goal of increasing these students’ entry and retention in engineering majors.

This paper presents findings from efforts to study the awareness, enjoyment, interest, opinion formation, and understanding that high school students have towards engineering. These high school students were enrolled in a year-round program, Young Engineers Shape the World. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of high school students (N = 334, 53.3% female, 60.6% non-white, 77.1% first-generation) via the online survey platform Qualtrics. In addition to collecting demographic information, the questionnaire collected data on students’ experience with engineering, their understanding of who engineers are and what they do, and their identities as future engineers.

Ganesh, T. G., & Squires, K. D., & Collofello, J., & Hammond, R. R. (2019, June), Board 56: Assessing Interest and Appeal of Engineering in a High School Program Designed to Enhance Entry into Engineering in an INCLUDES Project Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32377

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