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Design of an Interactive Multidisciplinary Residential Summer Program for Recruitment of High School Females to Engineering

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session - Pre-college Programs for Women

Tagged Divisions

Women in Engineering and Pre-College Engineering Education Division

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

21

DOI

10.18260/p.26684

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https://peer.asee.org/26684

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92

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Paula Ann Monaco Texas Tech University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5572-1468

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Dr. Paula Monaco, E.I.T., successfully defended her dissertation research Spring 2016 and will begin a career in the water/wastewater reuse treatment. Paula has led multiple outreach summer programs at TTU and provides support to student organizations within the college of engineering. Her technical research focuses include; anti-fouling and scaling RO technology and pharmaceutical and personal care product screening to predict environmental exposure from passive treatment discharges.

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Aimee Cloutier Texas Tech University

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Aimee Cloutier is a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech in 2012. Her research interests include biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, prosthetic limb design, and STEM education.

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Guo Zheng Yew Texas Tech University

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Guo Zheng Yew is currently pursuing his doctorate in civil engineering at Texas Tech University with a focus on finite element analysis and glass mechanics. Prior to his graduate work in the United States, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from Malaysia and has participated in research projects involving offshore structures in Malaysia.

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Maeghan Marie Brundrett Texas Tech University

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Current PhD student at Texas Tech University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Main research focus is on the fate and occurrence of chlorate in the environment and its use as an alternative solution for remediation of the salt marshes impacted by the BP Horizon oil spill.

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Dylan Christenson Texas Tech University

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B.A. Liberal Studies and M.A. Education from Vanguard University of Southern California. M.S. Civil Engineering Texas Tech University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with focus on the biological treatment of waste water for re-use applications. I am passionate about both engineering and education. I am specifically interested in student motivation, formative assessment, service learning, and the influence of the affective domain.

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Audra N. Morse Texas Tech University

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Dr. Audra Morse, P.E., is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Whitacre College of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech University. She leads the Engineering Opportunities Center which provides retention, placement and academic support services to WCOE students. Her professional experience is focused on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems, membrane filtration and the fate of personal products in treatment systems.

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Abstract

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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