Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018
Engineers on Wheels (EW) is an outreach program primarily for elementary and middle schools. Many school districts struggle with their budgets and usually sacrifice field trips for students. As such a mobile K-12 outreach program was developed to promote engineering careers. Funding was obtained from the Edison Venture Funds to equip two vehicles with attractive wraps portraying the excitement and challenges of engineering.
Engineering students along with s professor travel twice a week during the academic year to local schools districts. A schedule is chalked out with the teacher and the EW team involves the school students in various hands on activities that demonstrate the multifaceted nature of engineering. Engineering students develop and pilot the activities, lesson plans, and handouts. The EW team makes engineering come alive as profession that helps people and the planet. The activities represent all major branches of engineering such as civil, environmental, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and chemical. The activities have been developed with care so that students from all backgrounds find them appealing. A pre- and post survey is conducted to gauge the impact of the mobile program. Results always indicate that the participants have a better understanding of engineering and aspire to be an engineer after exposure to the activities.
Jahan, K., & Egan, J. (2018, October), Engineers on Wheels for K-12 Education Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31450
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