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Experiences Moving from Residential Camps to Non-Residential Day Camps

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division Evaluation: Exploring the Impact of Summer Programs on K-12 Youth (Part 2)

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Jackie L. Foos University of Oklahoma

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Jackie L. Foos is the Director of Recruitment and Outreach for the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She runs the scholars program for the Sooner Engineering Education Center, where she mentors outstanding engineering students on the development and delivery of K-12 engineering outreach activities. She leads college recruitment initiatives including pre-collegiate summer camps and oversees the college scholarship program. She can be contacted at

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Randa L. Shehab University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Randa L. Shehab is a professor and the Director of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. She was recently appointed as Director of the Sooner Engineering Education Center dedicated to engineering education related initiatives and research focused on building diversity and enhancing the educational experience for all engineering students. Dr. Shehab teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in ergonomics, work methods, experimental design, and statistical analysis. Her current research is with the Research Institute for STEM Education, a multi-disciplinary research group investigating factors related to equity and diversity in engineering student populations.

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John K. Antonio University of Oklahoma

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Dr. John Antonio is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and holds the Howard & Suzanne Kauffmann Chair in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Dr. Antonio received his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989. He was a faculty member at Purdue University and Texas Tech before joining OU as professor and director of computer science in 1999. He has been an investigator for a number of funded research projects. As Associate Dean, Dr. Antonio represents the Dean’s office on matters related to academic programs and services, including outreach, recruiting, scholarships, advising, diversity and inclusion programs, and accreditation. He also provides leadership in identifying and developing opportunities for students to grow through experiential learning, professional development, and leadership training; with the ultimate goal being to equip students with competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

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Daily versus Weekly Interaction Frequency for Nonresidential Summer Camps (Evaluation) This paper describes a recent change in our engineering summer outreach program and how that change was enacted and perceived. Nonresidential summer camp programs are often scheduled to be delivered on successive days, meaning that the attending students interact with the camp’s curriculum, staff, and instructors daily for several consecutive days. Our College followed this model for many years, with students experiencing guided engineering activities for a block of time in the morning and a block of time after lunch. Each block was generally focused on one particular discipline-related activity. An alternate model is to schedule camp programs to be delivered one day per week over a period of multiple weeks, resulting in a weekly interaction between the students and the camp’s programming. This model was implemented for the first time during summer 2015. The camp was delivered on consecutive Fridays for a period of seven weeks and the curriculum for each Friday was designed to introduce high school rising juniors and seniors to a particular academic program in the College of Engineering. The camp was structured and marketed in such a way to allow students to register for and attend those days of interest to them and/or those days that fit within their summer schedule. During summer 2015, the total attendance across the seven days of the program was 262. This total comprised 95 individual students that attended one or more days of camp; on average, each student attended 2.8 days. Interestingly, the distribution for the number of days attended by students was bimodal and 24% of the students attended five or more days. Experiences and initial assessments of this weekly summer camp program model are described and a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of weekly versus daily program schedules is provided.

Foos, J. L., & Shehab, R. L., & Antonio, J. K. (2016, June), Experiences Moving from Residential Camps to Non-Residential Day Camps Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26817

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