New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
NSF Grantees Poster Session
To solve today’s engineering challenges, we need a wide range of solutions, which can be realized only by having enough engineers with diverse and strong technical backgrounds. Workforce studies have shown that the number of students being educated in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) cannot meet projected demands . Also, the current enrollments in engineering are not diverse, especially among women, blacks, and Hispanics . On another issue, a recent survey of engineers in industry indicates a compelling need for engineers to have strong communication skills .
Addressing these challenges is the Engineering Ambassadors Network: a network of professional development programs for undergraduate engineering students with an outreach mission to middle and high schools. The development mission is to enrich the communication and leadership skills of engineering undergraduates through academic programs. The outreach mission is to attract a diverse population of middle and high school students into engineering. In short, the Engineering Ambassadors Network places the right messenger (engineering undergraduates with advanced presentation skills) with the right message (messages about engineering from Changing the Conversation ) in front of middle and high school students.
This paper describes progress on the expansion of the Network during 2015, which was the third year of the program. In this third year, we held three training workshops at pilot schools and a regional workshop at a member school that included more than 150 trainees and senior ambassadors from eight schools. In addition, we further developed online training materials to enable pilot programs to teach advanced communication skills to new members so that they can perform the outreach. Support for these four workshops and training materials arose from a grant from the National Science Foundation . In addition, the efforts this year were deeply influenced by last year’s participation in an NSF I-Corps workshop .
References 1. Carnevale, A.P. and S.J. Rose (2011). The Undereducated American. Available at http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/undereducatedamerican.pdf 2. American Society of Engineering Education (2009). Available at http://www.asee.org/papers-and-publications/publications/college-profiles/2009-profile-engineering-statistics.pdf. Accessed October 1, 2011. 3. ASME, “Vision 2030―Creating the Future of Mechanical Engineering Education,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers (New York: ASME, 2010). 4. National Academy of Engineering, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (Washington, D.C.: NAE Press, 2008). 5. _____________, _____________, ___________, and _________, “Type 2: Creating a National Network of Engineering Ambassadors: A Professional Development Program with an Outreach Mission,” National Science Foundation Grant 1323230 (College of Engineering, _____________________, 2013-2016). 6. _____________, _____________, ___________, and _________, “Leveraging the I-Corps Model to Propagate and Scale the Innovative Approaches to Learning Made Possible by the Engineering Ambassador Program,” National Science Foundation Grant (College of Engineering, _____________________, 2014).
Haas, C., & Alley, M., & Garner, J. K., & Thole, K. A. (2016, June), Engineering Ambassadors Network: Progress in Year 3 on Creating a National Network of Ambassadors Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26612
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