Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Minorities in Engineering
Despite some progress, the gender imbalance in electrical engineering and computer science in higher education and in industry have persisted. ASEE reported that in 2016, women made up just over 20 percent of students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in engineering, with an even smaller percentage of women students pursuing degrees in electrical engineering (12.7%) and computer science (12.3%) (“By the Numbers”). To address this imbalance, educators and innovators have developed programs designed to invite, excite, and welcome girls to fields where they are underrepresented.
In the summer of 2016 I advised and directed four undergraduates as they developed “Filling the Pipeline,” a project aimed to encourage young women in STEM. The project aimed “to expose middle school girls to hands-on experiences with programming and electronics to spark their interest in technical fields.”
During the course of their university-funded summer research, these students designed six hands-on projects for middle school girls. The summer culminated in a one-day camp for middle school-aged girls, during which they participated in the projects. This one-day camp drew a small diverse array of students from a Los Angeles Unified School District middle school.
This presentation will focus on the planning and design principles that went into this project. It will detail strategies used for mentoring the undergraduate women involved in this project, since the overall summer research project was designed to help them think critically about what curricula and approaches best invite and excite younger women to move into technical fields. After presenting the projects, this presentation will also review survey feedback from both the college and middle school students.
Karbowski, M. C., & Tjogas, M., & Petrosian, C., & Marino, B. E. (2018, June), Filling the Pipeline by Exciting Middle School Girls with Creative Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30517
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