June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Community Engagement Division
In an effort to increase K-12 students’ interest and readiness for STEM careers; The Alachua County School Board in Florida started an initiative in 2015 to introduce students to STEM through robotics classes and/or clubs at every school throughout the district. The University of Florida and The Alachua County School Board have collaborated to create pathways for students from K-12 to Engineering. One of these pathways includes seeing and interacting with a diversity of engineering students through an in-class mentorship program powered by university volunteers. Researchers and administrators in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the College of Education have recruited and trained a cohort of volunteers consisting of undergraduate engineering, computer scientists, and education majors to assist teachers in the classrooms and to mentor students. This paper will report findings from a 2016 pilot program and study of this K- 12/University partnership including the volunteer recruitment process, training, and classroom impacts. The volunteers are train to work with students, build robots, identify student challenges, and learn new engineering and programming skills. The university aims to use the results of this pilot program to develop K-12/University partnership guidelines.
Rivera, R., & Gardner-McCune, C., & McCune, D. B. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: University & K-12 Partnership with Robotics Outreach Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28240
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