June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
New Engineering Educators
24.754.1 - 24.754.12
Initiation of Summer Camp Program as Outreach and Recruiting Tool During the past three summers, the Materials Science and Engineering Department at ______________ University has hosted a summer camp program for area high school students. The weeklong, nonresidential program is open by application to rising high school juniors and seniors. The goals of the program are (1) to increase general awareness of the field of materials engineering among participants and the larger community, (2) to increase the awareness of students and parents of the specific opportunities available to study engineering at ____________ University, and (3) to recruit students to the materials engineering program at _____________ University. The paper will discuss the methods used to evaluate the efficacy of the program, as well as best practices and lessons learned since the program’s inception. Since the author initiated the program during her first year as a faculty member, the use of rigorous evaluation methods has been important to justifying the time and expense of the program, as well as its value in her tenure portfolio. Efficacy of the program in raising student awareness of materials engineering and student interest in _______________ University is assessed with pre-‐camp and post-‐camp surveys on the first and last day of the program, respectively, and a follow-‐up survey approximately a year after the camp has ended. The follow-‐up survey is incentivized in an attempt to increase participation. The enrollment of camp participants at _____________ University is also being tracked. Each year, more students apply for the program than can be accommodated in the 20-‐22 available slots. Participants are selected based on a personal statement, GPA, and teacher recommendation. During the camp, participants experience a variety of tours, speakers, hands-‐on activities, and field trips. A large component of the week is a group project where students design, build and launch a model rocket made from high-‐tech engineering composites. During these activities, camp participants are able to interact with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and representatives of local industry. Development of programming for the camp will be discussed, as well as funding sources.
Genau, A. L. (2014, June), Initiation of Summer Camp Program as Outreach and Recruiting Tool Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20646
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