June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Impact of the You’re Hired! Program on Student Attitudes and Understanding of Engineering (RTP, Strand 4)With the growing need for qualified employees in STEM-based careers, it is critical to developactivities for middle and high school students to increase their awareness of opportunities inthese areas. With proper design, increasing awareness of STEM-based careers in conjunctionwith overcoming current stereotypes can lead to a change in attitudes towards these variouscareers. Researchers at __________, along with __________ and __________, have developed‘You’re Hired!', a program providing middle and high school students a hands-on, authenticexperience in various engineering roles while assessing the change in a student’s attitude towardsthe engineering profession. Project design also incorporates an opportunity in which studentscan hone their 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and time management.‘You’re Hired!’ is a series of three STEM-based projects, given over the course of a schoolyear, that requires students to work as a ‘company’ for an entire school day to find a solution to arelevant, present-day problem. At the end of each project, the students communicate theirsolution to a community-led boardroom, comprised of school board members, communitystakeholders and local industry representatives. The 'You're Hired!' program is designed toimmerse students in an authentic real-world experience that incorporates the engineering designprocess and 21st Century Skills. The program also tracks student progress in these areasthroughout the year using peer- and self-assessments.This research project used both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods to measurethe impact of the ‘You’re Hired!’ program. The methodology includes comparing a controlgroup to an experimental group to further understand the benefit of the program. Other factors,such as gender and school setting, were also analyzed to determine program impact. The resultsof the statistical analysis show there is a significant difference in the change in a student’sattitude toward engineering when participating in the program. In this paper, the researchers willdescribe the details of ‘You’re Hired!’, the methodology for data collection, and the results of thestatistical analysis from data collected during the 2013-2014 school year.
Brevik, K. M., & Jean, K., & Bowman, F. M., & Bowen, B. (2015, June), Impact of the You’re Hired! Program on Student Attitudes and Understanding of Engineering (RTP, Strand 4) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24228
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