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Diversity In Engineering Technology: The Competitions

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.476.1 - 9.476.11



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Leann Yoder

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Stephen Kuyath

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Session: 1793

Diversity in Engineering Technology: Competitions

Stephen J. Kuyath, Leann Yoder

UNC Charlotte, Department of Engineering Technology, Charlotte, NC / Acting Executive Director, Junior Engineering Technical Society

Abstract: The United States will face a serious shortage of scientists, engineers, technologists, and mathematicians because high school students are losing interest in science and math, especially those students from underrepresented groups. The Diversity in Engineering Technology project is doing something about this problem. We encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to stay in math and science courses through participation in newly established engineering clubs at the high schools. Our goal is to increase the students’ interest in engineering by demonstrating how the math and science concepts they are learning in class are applied in real life to engineering problems.

The Junior Engineering Technical Society and UNC Charlotte have joined forces to encourage more women and minorities to become interested in engineering and engineering technology by establishing engineering clubs and engaging these students in competitions. The Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) is a national non-profit education organization that has served the pre-college engineering community for over 50 years.

The engineering clubs will participate in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAM+S) competition developed by JETS. The TEAM+S competition is an academically challenging, open-book, open-discussion exam taken by teams of four-to-eight high school students. TEAM+S presents the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering work by illustrating how math and science concepts work together and are applied to solve real-world problems.

JETS and the Diversity in Engineering Technology project promote interest in engineering and engineering technology and are dedicated to providing real world engineering and problem- solving experiences to high school students. Through the engineering clubs, students will discover engineering while in high school, find out what engineers do, and learn how math and science is applied to real life engineering problems.

This paper will focus on the JETS’ TEAM+S competitions. We will describe how to host a competition, how to recruit participants in your region, provide examples of the problems

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Yoder, L., & Kuyath, S. (2004, June), Diversity In Engineering Technology: The Competitions Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12805

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