June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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From College to K-12: Adapting Industrial Engineering Classroom Exercises for Outreach PurposesOutreach activities are imperative in the recruitment and development of young engineers, a keydemographic in our culture’s future technological advancement. According to the U.S.Department of Labor, science and engineering related fields account for 50% of our country’ssustained economic growth but only 5% of the U.S. workforce. In addition, the percentage of theworld’s scientists and engineers that live and work in the United States has shrunk dramaticallyin recent years, dropping from 40% to 15% in the last three decades. In order to keep up with thesocietal innovations taking place around the world we need more engineers; therefore, additionalresources must be allocated to recruitment and outreach. Recruitment activities specific toindustrial engineering suffer from an additional obstacle: most students have no idea whatindustrial engineering is. It is, therefore, important that any outreach exercises are as specific aspossible while remaining understandable. They must go deep enough into the subject to allowstudents to recognize the ultimate goal of industrial engineering, to increase efficiency, withoutbecoming too technical for a young audience. A practical way to achieve this balance is throughthe modification of successful classroom assignments. This work will discuss several activitiesthat have been successfully used for K-12 student outreach at the University of ___ and are basedupon undergraduate class exercises. Each project will be presented in detail along with itscorresponding course assignment in order to motivate the exchange of creative ideas and developa framework for the adaptation of additional outreach activities.
St. John, D., & Specking, E. (2015, June), From College to K-12: Adapting Industrial Engineering Classroom Exercises for Outreach Purposes Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24137
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