July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Pre-College Engineering Education
There is no question that engineering and other STEM careers are at the center of our country’s success. In recent years, the United States job market has seen growth in many engineering sectors, but the number of engineers available to fill this need has remained stagnant. Engineers stand at the forefront of developing the nation’s innovation as well as sustaining our ongoing development . The ratio of STEM jobs available to the number of trained, qualified applicants is 13 to 1 . In the state of Illinois, the ratios were as high as 18 to 1. The percentages of trained women and underrepresented minorities to fill these jobs is disproportionately lower. These statistics captured the attention of the nation’s science communities and highest levels of government. "The challenges to the national competitiveness and sustained STEM global leadership can be better met through the full utilization of all of the nation's talent and resources ."
Project SYNCERE is working to fill this void through its multi-year engineering program, E-CADEMY. E-CADEMY provides students in grades 6-11 with a guided pathway of opportunities that are aimed at developing their skills and interest in the STEM fields to ensure their success at the post-secondary level and beyond. The fundamental principles of YY are based on a combination of best practices from research including: a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum, high dosage model, cohort of like-minded peers, engagement with STEM professionals, family engagement and maximizing the use of out-of-school time -.
This work in progress paper reviews the 1) program components, 2) preliminary outcomes, and 3) future considerations in the wake of COVID-19.
Wheeler, A. J., & Coleman, J. (2021, July), Developing a Pathway to Post-Secondary Study of Engineering for Underrepresented Secondary Students (Work in Progress, Diversity) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36935
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