July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
Experiential Learning is a key component in Engineering and Engineering Technology Education. However, the current engineering an engineering technology education curriculum in the USA is deficient in providing students with Experiential Learning opportunities. Internships provide students with the much needed experiential and project-based learning opportunities, and has helped historically underrepresented and underserved students overcome the “imposter syndrome” that oftentimes is a barrier to pursuing engineering and other STEM careers. The NS-ATE Grant(#1902339) for Smart Advanced Manufacturing Education in the Silicon Valley awarded to Ohlone College ensures that this gap in experiential learning opportunity is closed. This paper highlights the innovative implementation of Remote and In-person Internships during COVID-19, the impact on participating students’ sense of belonging, retention and success rates of underrepresented students in Engineering and Engineering Technology. This paper also highlights the implementation strategy that would ensure the creation of a diverse Engineering and Engineering Technology Workforce through internships.
Ekeng-Itua, R., & Hanzel-Sello, G., & Gruber, D. (2021, July), Experiential Learning during COVID-19: A Systemic Approach for Increasing Diversity in Engineering & Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37134
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