New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Women in Engineering and Pre-College Engineering Education Division
The need to inspire and recruit female high school students to study engineering is well known. Texas Tech University (TTU) reports the female population is 18%,17 similar to the national average. Outreach programs are a common means of exposing students to different engineering disciplines and a variety of employment opportunities for engineers. Traditional forms of outreach programs such as seminars, information sessions or research activities are often less interactive and less student-centered. A week-long summer program was implemented at TTU to provide a holistic design experience to expose students to a higher education environment. The program consisted of interactive discipline specific lessons, a multidisciplinary group project, professional development sessions, and recreational activities. The goals and design of the summer program, Engineering – Get Into Real Learning (E-GIRL), aimed to interest and recruit junior and senior high school females to pursue engineering by introducing six engineering disciplines through interactive, problem-based learning. Further, the camp aimed to provide female students with a positive experience and a chance to develop personal, interpersonal and technical engineering skills. Using a flipped classroom structure, students were given supplemental readings prior to each engineering discipline’s discipline specific lesson providing background knowledge for each activity. Students were tasked to work in groups on an open-ended project applying knowledge of the six disciplines introduced throughout the program. Problem-based learning through the assigned project allowed students to develop skills such as teamwork, oral communication, time management and project management. During the final program session, students gave an oral presentation to peers, parents and program instructors detailing their design solutions to a real-world problem. Evaluation instruments of the outreach program’s design included pre- and post-questionnaires for assessment of the interactive sessions, and their impact on the development of engineering skills and the understanding of information presented. Assessment results led to the conclusion that students were able to identify areas of improvement for self-development of engineering skills, exhibited better comprehension of engineering as a career, and distinguished among various disciplines of engineering. Responses provided by students led to the conclusion that the implementation of the presented residential outreach program curriculum achieved the goals of educating and exciting female students about engineering careers.
Monaco, P. A., & Cloutier, A., & Yew, G. Z., & Brundrett, M. M., & Christenson, D., & Morse, A. N. (2016, June), Design of an Interactive Multidisciplinary Residential Summer Program for Recruitment of High School Females to Engineering Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26684
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