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Implementation of a STEM Summer Enrichment Program in a Low Income Community

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Socio-cultural Dimensions of Community Engagement

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

23.696.1 - 23.696.11

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https://peer.asee.org/19711

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Antonio Jose Soares P.E. Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Antonio Soares was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 1998. He obtained a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in December of 2000 with focus on semiconductor devices, semiconductor physics, Optoelectronics and Integrated Circuit Design. Dr. Soares then worked for Medtronic as a full-time integrated circuit designer until November 2003. He started his pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in January 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Perry. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Soares was immediately hired as an assistant professor (Tenure-Track) in the Electronic Engineering Technology department at FAMU. Dr. Soares is conducting research in education (STEM), Optoelectronics, nanotechnology and robotics.

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Rabbani Muhammad Florida A&M University

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Rabbani Muhammad has received degrees from the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Howard University, Harvard University, and the Mass. Institute of Technology.
His teaching credentials have been gained from experiences at the Maryland Institute of Technology, Illinois Technical College
Temple No.2, and Florida A&M University,
From 1996 to 1998 Muhammad was the interim director of the Division of Engineering at CESTA and program area coordinator.
Muhammad holds membership in the following organizations: American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, National Historical Preservation Society, Alpha Rho Chi National Architectural Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi National Social Fraternity, National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the National Black Engineers Society.
He is licensed to practice architecture in Washington D.C., Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Muhammad has won the following awards: the Florida A&M University's Division of Engineering Technology Teacher of the Year Award for the years 1993, 1994 and 2000; theZeta Educational Thespian Association Design Award; and the 1st Place Kopper Corporation Design Completion Design Award.
His research travels have taken him to Mexico, Senegal, Edmonton, Canada, Lagos, Nigeria, and London and several other places.
Muhammad has completed projects in planning and approval stage, renovation, new housing, international large scale, preservation, religious, hotel, food preparation, medical facility, and urban planning and design.
He has also been a religious advisor volunteer to several departments of corrections since 1970.

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Doreen Kobelo Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Doreen Kobelo is an assistant professor at Florida A&M University in School of Architecture in their Division of Engineering Technology. Her primary research interest is on traffic operation and safety. Dr. Kobelo is currently working on studying traffic operation and safety in third-world countries in particular Africa and how it affects their economy. She also has been working with minorities in the STEM field and encouraging them to consider transportation ans a potential career. She received her master's and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Florida State University with her research focusing on safety analyses of non limited access roadways and interchanges respectively. She received her bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam and her major area of concentration was Structural and Transportation Engineering.

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G. Thomas Bellarmine P.E. Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. G. Thomas Bellarmine is currently working at Florida A&M University as Professor of Electronic Engineering Technology. He teaches Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Courses. He obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Madras University and M.S.E.E. degree from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida. He is currently an IEEE senior member and a member in ASEE. He is also a registered professional engineer. His research interest includes power systems, energy management systems, and computer applications in communications.

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Chao Li Florida A&M University

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Dr. Chao Li is an assistant professor in Electronic Engineering Technology at Florida A&M University. He teaches electronic and computer engineering technology courses. He obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from Florida International University. He is an IEEE senior member and an ASEE member. His research interests include signal processing, biometrics, embedded microcontroller design, and application of new instructional technology in classroom instruction.

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Salman A. Siddiqui Florida A&M University

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Dr. Salman A. Siddiqui received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in the field of Electrical Engineering in 2000, 2002, and 2012, respectively. The M.S. degree was in the field of communications while the Ph.D. degree was in the field of Robotics. He has a passion to teach and to make it interesting and simple for students to advance in the field of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and STEM in general. He has been teaching as an adjunct Professor at the FAMU Electronic Engineering Technology program since 2010.

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Implementation of a STEM Summer Enrichment Program in a Low Income CommunityStudies have shown that that providing adequate social and academic support from early stagesof the education process of a child increases graduation rate in K-12 and affects the number offreshmen entering higher education. With constant inflation and inevitable recessions, the costof living today is higher than ever. It becomes a problem when a student who needs just a littleextra help cannot get it because the teacher has over 40 students, and both parents work, andgood tutors cost too much. This coupled with other social and economic issues, creates a certainpath for failure for students that come from low income households. The number ofunderrepresented and low income students dropping out of school continues to increase yearlyand the graduation rate gap between this group of students and their counterpart continues towiden. With the help of educational institutions, local and national governmental entities and thecommunity this trend can be changed.A summer community outreach program in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)was implemented in a low income housing community by volunteers from local universities andthe community. The overall purpose of the Community Outreach in STEM program is toestablish relationships with various community centers as well as high schools all around thelocal area in order to provide the help that students need to be successful in high school andcollege. The camp exposes students to engineering through robotics, science through cooking,arts and crafts through hands on activities, leadership skills through sport competitions andvarious other programs. The first phase of the program was launched this summer with thefollowing goals:  Provide the tutor for all subjects for students of all ages at all levels  Expose young children to the STEM initiative  Organize science expos and competitions (ex. Brain Bowl competitions, Mouse trap cars, Bridge building, Egg drop competitions etc.)  Hold academic, technical, personal development and professional development seminars to help students of all ages assimilate and adjust to new technologies or new policies regarding any subject that may influence or affect students in any way  Plan field trips to help children be exposed to new things and become more open to new ideas and new ways of thinking  Invite professionals from various industries to come and speak to the children/college students and give them insight to their current interests and/or proposed majorsThis paper presents the experiences implementing the program, the curriculum development,results of the program and discusses plans for continuous improvement and future expansion.

Soares, A. J., & Muhammad, R., & Kobelo, D., & Bellarmine, G. T., & Li, C., & Siddiqui, S. A. (2013, June), Implementation of a STEM Summer Enrichment Program in a Low Income Community Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19711

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