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Bowman Creek Academy: An Immersive STEM Experience (Work in Progress)

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Program Evaluation Studies

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Sara Boukdad Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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Amy Blue Cuevas Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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Marty Kennedy Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem is a partnership that pilots community-engaged, sustainable projects to address real-world challenges in the Southeast neighborhood of City Y, a mid-size city in the Midwest. In an effort to create a more immersive and engaging experience for high school students, BCe2 developed Bowman Creek Academy (BCA). BCA is a week-long academic program that engages high school students with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education through scientific exploration and community resources. Serving as a catalyst to promote scientific innovation, BCA equips students with the necessary resources and guidance that are currently lacking at the K-12 grade level. During developmentally impressionable years, community resources and affordable platforms provide an environment where youth can explore STEM interest without limitations to time, formatting, or financial restraint. The basis for being a STEM education catalyst is to provide an accessible, affordable, and rigorous curriculum for students to learn how science and technology can directly impact their communities through resources around them. Each day of the program is developed around a facet of environmental science and engineering with guidance from industry professionals, local university professors, and community leaders. Immersive experiences have proven invaluable for inspiring high school students to reconsider STEM fields as a viable path for higher education or skills training. The BCA pilot year consisted of 10 students from 6 regional and national high schools. In 2018, BCA will seek to expand across City Y and explore the idea of creating cohorts throughout the city for other STEM focuses. Whereas the pilot year focused on environmental science and engineering, further cohorts may focus on healthcare and community health enhancement.

Boukdad, S., & Cuevas, A. B., & Kennedy, M. (2018, June), Bowman Creek Academy: An Immersive STEM Experience (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah.

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