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Development of a Multi-Tier K12 STEM Outreach Program in New York City

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2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting


Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York

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October 26, 2018

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October 26, 2018

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October 27, 2018

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George J Delagrammatikas The Cooper Union

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Prof George J. Delagrammatikas is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He is the Director of STEM Outreach which is comprised of four programs that immerse K12 students in hands-on, authentic engineering design experiences (

George has also been an instructor in this program since 2006, mentoring students as they design, analyze, build, and test solutions to engineering problems they pose. He teaches undergraduate design, thermodynamics, and engineering experimentation and is the faculty adviser to both the Formula SAE Team (Cooper Motorsports) and Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society.

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Elizabeth M Waters The Cooper Union Orcid 16x16

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The following work gives an overview of the K12 STEM outreach efforts at a private college in New York City which are offered in an informal learning setting outside of school time. This program consists of four coupled access points into the STEM fields which provide students with varying degrees of engagement in STEM learning.

STEM Days provides a free one-day immersion representing students’ first introduction to engineering and the engineering college environment as they rotate through a series of hands-on design modules. STEM Saturdays is a free 11-week program that is offered twice during the academic year in which students design, analyze, build, test, present, and promote a working prototype that addresses a problem in society. STEM Inventors provides free after-school activities twice a week where students learn CAD, 3D printing, laser-cutting, and basic shop tools to build original electro-mechanical systems.

One overarching social goal of this program has been to provide free or affordable STEM and authentic design opportunities to teens from socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or otherwise under-represented groups in the STEM fields. For example, the 6-week intensive Summer STEM experience is the flagship program that has been offered continuously since the mid-1980’s. This program reached a peak enrollment of 225 students in 2018, where 94 students received full scholarships to attend and nearly 40% of all students were female.

As a result of all of these programs, students develop their engineering skills while also experiencing college life first-hand as they begin to create their professional peer networks.

Delagrammatikas, G. J., & Waters, E. M. (2018, October), Development of a Multi-Tier K12 STEM Outreach Program in New York City Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York.

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