June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.376.1 - 24.376.4
Designing Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for Undergraduates and High School Students: A Case Study of a Work-in-ProgressThis work-in-progress study focuses on the design of a collaborative biomedical engineering-themed program, in which approximately 15 undergraduate students from across the UnitedStates in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program partner with approximately32 urban high school students in a summer engineering-themed enrichment program (SummerProgram) to communicate about biomedical engineering research and to introduce them tomodeling activities. This eight-day collaborative program is imbedded within two largerprograms with separate but overlapping goals. The goal of the REU is to immerseundergraduates in biomedical engineering laboratories to conduct cutting-edge diabetes researchin an effort to influence their long-term interests in science and engineering. The goal of theSummer Program is to bring approximately 100 diverse, high-achieving, urban rising juniors andseniors to a college campus to learn a variety of STEM-oriented programming, in an effort toinfluence their long-term interests in STEM fields and education.This collaboration between the REU and Summer Program has involved communicationbetween the undergraduates to the high school students of their research and the collaborativedevelopment of activities about diabetes and related biological phenomena to present to middleschool students in the same area. As this collaboration enters its third year, the design of theweek-long program has changed to reflect feedback from both the undergraduates in the REUand the high school students in the Summer Program.This study presents an overview of the collaboration in the past two years, the redesign of theprogramming for this summer, the data sets that will be gathered before, during, and after theprogramming, and the anticipated use of the data sets.
Langman, C., & Brey, E. M., & Zawojewski, J. S. (2014, June), Designing Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for Undergraduates and High School Students: A Case Study of a Work-in-Progress Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20267
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