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Implementation and Evaluation of an Engineering-Focused Outreach Program to Improve STEM Literacy (Evaluation)

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Pre-College: Evaluation

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Kuldeep S. Rawat Elizabeth City State University

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KULDEEP S. RAWAT is currently the Chair of Department of Technology and Director of Aviation Science program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). He has earned an M.S. in Computer Science, 2001, an M.S. in Computer Engineering, 2003; and, a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, 2005, from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) at University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He serves as the Site Director for NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy program at ECSU. His areas of interests include embedded systems design, cloud instrumentation, remote computing applications, UAS applications research, mobile robotics, and innovative uses of educational technologies. Dr. Rawat may be reached at

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Robin R. Mangham Elizabeth City State University

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ROBIN R. MANGHAM is currently a lecturer in the Aviation Science Program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). She earned a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012. Areas of interest include education technology, human factors in aviation, and unmanned aircraft applications research. Ms. Mangham may be reached at

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Orestes Devino Gooden Elizabeth City State University

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CDR. Orestes D. Gooden, retired US Navy Officer (Aviator) is an Assistant Professor at Elizabeth City State University. He has earned a B.S. in Geology from Virginia State University and M.A.S. in Aviation Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His areas of interests include: Human Factors in Aviation, Accident Investigation & Safety, Corporate Aviation Operations, and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). His passion for aviation education is noted as he is continuingly serving, educating and mentoring the next generation of aviators and aerospace industry students. He is certified by the FAA and qualified in both fixed wing, rotary wing and UAS aircraft.

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This paper presents implementation and evaluation of an engineering-focused outreach program geared towards exposing the middle and high school student population, especially underrepresented and underserved groups, to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers. The STEM Academy project is a partnership between NASA, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), school districts, state agencies, and other STEM enrichment programs. The program adopted a well-established NASA STEM curriculum with problem-based learning at its core and integrated 3D design and printing technology, sensor-based measurement systems, and engineering design activities such as roller coaster design and mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design to enhance authentic and experiential learning experiences. Curriculum was delivered through the combination of summer and academic year hands-on activities complemented by guest speakers and field trips. The program targeted rural counties of the state and served 523 students (middle and high school) who received 36-40hours of hands-on STEM experience. Evaluation data and results were gathered through STEM Career Interest Surveys (STEM-CIS), student interviews, teacher interviews/focus group, and students’ evaluation of the hands-on sessions.

Rawat, K. S., & Mangham, R. R., & Gooden, O. D. (2017, June), Implementation and Evaluation of an Engineering-Focused Outreach Program to Improve STEM Literacy (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28474

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