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Increasing STEM Engagement in Minority Middle School Boys through Making

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Pathways to Success in STEM through Computer Science and Making

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/p.25676

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https://peer.asee.org/25676

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227

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Jumoke 'Kemi' Ladeji-Osias Morgan State University

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Dr. J. ’Kemi Ladeji-Osias is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering. Dr. Ladeji-Osias earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University. She is the Principal Investigator for Doctoral Scholars in Engineering.

Dr. Ladeji-Osias’ involvement in engineering curricular innovations includes outcomes-based articulation and online delivery of undergraduate engineering degrees. In addition to conducting research on color image fusion and real-time implementation of algorithms, she is the immediate past chair of the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She enjoys observing the intellectual and professional growth in students as they prepare for engineering careers.

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Cindy S Ziker SRI International

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Cindy Ziker, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Researcher at SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning, where she leads research projects that focus on technology in education. She holds a doctorate degree in the psychology in of education from Arizona State University and a masters degree in public health from the University of Arizona.

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Derrick Cornell Gilmore Kentucky State University

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Derrick C. Gilmore is the Director of Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs at Kentucky State University. In this role he provides oversight of administrative functions that include research compliance, research ethics, education and policy, administration, and technology transfer. His research interest include: sponsored research capacities/impacts at Minority Serving Institutions, behavioral health for African-Americans and disparities in drug law/arrest rates for minorities. He has served as a reviewer for numerous federal agencies. He also serves as the Principal Investigator/Project Director for Verizon Minority Male Maker Program, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SMASHA) supported KSU Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Initiative and the Morehouse School of Medicine HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Grant. He earned M.S. from Albany State University.

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Clay Gloster Jr North Carolina A&T University (Tech)

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Clay Gloster, Jr. is currently serving as the Associate Dean in the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from
North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC) and the Ph.D. degree
in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University (Raleigh NC).
He also has been employed with IBM, the Department of Defense,
the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Howard University.

His
research interests are in the general area of reconfigurable computing. Current research focuses
on the development of a suite of software tools that allow scientists to benefit from the potential order of magnitude
speedup in execution time offered by reconfigurable computers over typical desktop computers. Dr. Gloster has also conducted research in the area of
technology-based curriculum development, distance education, and VLSI design for testability.

Dr. Gloster has taught courses on digital system design, ASIC design, microprocessor system applications, FPGA-based
system design, and VLSI design for testability (using VHDL/Verilog). He has served on the program committee and as session
chair for several international conferences. He received best paper and presentation awards for a paper presented at the
International Conference on Computer Design and has received numerous fellowships and distinguished awards. Dr. Gloster holds one US patent and led the effort to establish a new BS degree program in Computer Engineering at Howard University.

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Kamal S. Ali Jackson State University

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Kamal Ali is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chair of the Industrial Systems and Technology Department at Jackson State University (JSU), Jackson MS. Dr. Ali received his PhD in Solid State Physics from Reading University, UK. Prior to joining JSU, Dr. Ali taught at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for 20 years. During his tenure at USM, Dr. Ali served as a consultant for the United Nations, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University (UAE) and as Director of the Computer Engineering Track at the College of Information Technology at UAE.

Dr. Ali's current research focuses on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Visualization and Big Data.

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Philip Puthumana Verizon Foundation

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Phil Puthumana is the program manager for education technology at the Verizon Foundation, accountable for the development, implementation and measurement of the organization's STEM programming. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Puthumana helped Verizon launch their Mobile Learning product portfolio as a member of the company's Public Sector Product Development team.

Prior to joining Verizon, Phil led business development for an Educational Video Game publisher, E-Line Media, co-founded an online math education company, MathThink, and has additionally worked with companies including Oracle and Ernst & Young.

Puthumana holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University at Albany and a dual-program MBA from Columbia University and the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Abstract

African-American and Hispanic males are significantly underrepresented in STEM. While youth start narrowing their career choices in middle school, National Maker programs rarely specifically target minority males. Four Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs), in partnership with The Verizon Foundation, have established Maker communities in underserved urban and rural communities. The Minority Male Maker Program allows middle school students and their teachers to develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills while expressing their creativity. The long term goals of this project are to increase participant interest in STEM careers and college attendance. In the short term, we anticipate increased technology proficiency, STEM engagement and academic achievement. Additional outcomes include increased teacher and mentor understanding of STEM instruction delivery and mentorship. Panelists will discuss disparities facing men of color and a new National program designed to provide early exposure to STEM. Recommendations for developing programs targeting minority male students will be discussed.

Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Ziker, C. S., & Gilmore, D. C., & Gloster, C., & Ali, K. S., & Puthumana, P. (2016, June), Increasing STEM Engagement in Minority Middle School Boys through Making Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25676

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