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Exploring Student Perceptions of Teamwork in a Summer Outreach Program

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

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Crystal City, Virginia

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April 14, 2019

Start Date

April 14, 2019

End Date

April 22, 2019

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Track: Pre-college - Technical Session I

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Diversity and Pre-College

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12

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https://peer.asee.org/31761

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Cheryl Beauchamp Virginia Tech

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Cheryl Beauchamp is a PhD student in the Engineering Education program at Virginia Tech. She serves as the Engineering and Computer Science Department chair of Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University and her Master’s of Education degree from Regent University. Her research interests include Computer Science education, STEM education, teamwork design, online learning, K-12 STEM educator professional development, and cybersecurity. She contributes to a research team examining the impacts of the Summer Engineering Education for Kids out-of-school program for racially underrepresented youth.

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Cherie D. Edwards Virginia Tech

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Dr. Cherie D. Edwards is a Postdoctoral Associate in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Tech. Her research and scholarship are focused on exploring the implementation of mixed methods, qualitative, and arts-informed research designs in studies examining issues of social justice and educational equity. Currently, she is on a research team examining the impacts of an out-of-school STEM summer program for racially underrepresented youth.

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Walter C. Lee Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-1411

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Dr. Walter Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education and the assistant director for research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), both at Virginia Tech. His research interests include co-curricular support, student success and retention, and diversity. Lee received his Ph.D in engineering education from Virginia Tech, his M.S. in industrial & systems engineering from Virginia Tech, and his B.S. in industrial engineering from Clemson University.

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David B. Knight Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4576-2490

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David B. Knight is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head of Graduate Programs in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is also Director of International Engagement in Engineering Education, directs the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, and is affiliate faculty with the Higher Education Program. His research tends to be at the macro-scale, focused on a systems-level perspective of how engineering education can become more effective, efficient, and inclusive, tends to be data-driven by leveraging large-scale institutional, state, or national data sets, and considers the intersection between policy and organizational contexts. He has B.S., M.S., and M.U.E.P. degrees from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University.

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Glenda D. Young Collins Mississippi State University

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Dr. Glenda D. Young Collins completed her doctoral work at Virginia Tech in the Department of Engineering Education. Her research interests include the role of university-industry partnerships in shaping student career expectations and pathways, the student to workforce continuum, and broadening participation in engineering. Dr. Collins has worked as an Employer Relations Assistant for the VT Career and Professional Development office and has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar.

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Exploring Student Perceptions of Teamwork in a Summer Outreach Program Abstract

Increasing numbers of summer outreach programs aim to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A common approach to these programs is project-based learning (PBL), which often involves working in teams. Ideally, students participating in these programs work together in teams to apply the STEM knowledge gained from their program experiences; these intentional communication and collaboration experiences are also likely to enhance students’ teamwork skills. However, team experiences are not always positive, and some team members may not feel welcome to contribute. Team experiences can negatively affect students’ sense of belonging and their motivation to continue pursuing STEM. Accordingly, the purpose of this study is to examine team experiences based on gender, which previous research suggest may impact a student’s experience. To address this purpose, we utilize survey data from the summer of 2018 to investigate the perceptions of the students who participated in SEEK (or Summer Engineering Experience for Kids), a summer outreach program offered by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Results will advance understanding of teaming experiences in STEM outreach contexts, enabling educators to improve these experiences for everyone.

Beauchamp, C., & Edwards, C. D., & Lee, W. C., & Knight, D. B., & Young Collins, G. D. (2019, April), Exploring Student Perceptions of Teamwork in a Summer Outreach Program Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31761

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