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Engage K-12 Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE): Outreach with K-12 STEM Schools Through ECE Project Activities

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

K-12 and Pre-College Engineering Poster Session

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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Page Numbers

22.568.1 - 22.568.8



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Ramakrishnan Sundaram Gannon University

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Ram Sundaram received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T., New Delhi, India, the M.S. degree and the E.E. degree from M.I.T., Cambridge, MA in 1985 and 1987, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1994. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Gannon University.

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ENGAGE K-12 STUDENTS IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING (ECE): OUTREACH WITH K-12 STEM SCHOOLS THROUGH ECE PROJECT ACTIVITIESAbstractThis paper discusses how the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department atGannon University plans to create and implement “Engage K-12 students in ECE” as theoutreach and partnership program to inspire K-12 students to pursue careers in ECEdisciplines and integrate K-12 STEM learning with the ECE disciplines at institutes ofhigher education. Through this program, the K-12 students will participate in ECE projectactivities with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) components.Engage K-12 students in engineering will achieve the following. (a) raise the level of awareness among K-12 students of the promising careers in the ECE disciplines upon graduation (b) establish and sustain the dialog between the K-12 schools and Gannon University to encourage the K-12 school students to pursue and excel in subjects with STEM components (c) promote the interaction between the engineering faculty at Gannon University and the K-12 school students and their counselors through activities which deliver critical STEM components.Engage K-12 students in ECE can be created at all levels of K-12 STEM education andwill be delivered to the K-12 students through (a) direct outreach e.g. ECE day events (in-school campus visits) and summer camps (out-of-school programs) (b) extended outreach e.g. cyber-learning networksThe direct outreach offers K-12 students the opportunity to participate in hands-onSTEM-based ECE project activities at the institute of higher education. Through thisparticipation, the K-12 students will improve their STEM preparation for admission tocolleges and universities, and be motivated and encouraged to pursue degree programs inECE and/or ECE technology.The extended outreach of the “Engage K-12 students in ECE” program, deliveredthrough the cyber-learning networks, enable K-12 students in schools within and acrossschool districts to interact and share their STEM learning experiences. In addition, thesenetworks create the environment for K-12 students of schools and school districts toparticipate in ECE project activities through a virtual STEM education experience. Theextended outreach will enable K-12 students and teachers to establish dialog acrossschools and school districts. The K-12 teachers can adopt new and/or revisedinstructional practices to raise the STEM learning standards of the students.

Sundaram, R. (2011, June), Engage K-12 Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE): Outreach with K-12 STEM Schools Through ECE Project Activities Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17849

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