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Inspiring Middle School Girls into Engineering and Technology Fields

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Women in Engineering

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Mir M. Hayder Savannah State University

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Dr. Hayder is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Savannah State University. He received PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. His research interest lies in the areas of fluid-structure interaction, flow-induced vibrations, syngas and blended fuel combustion, flow and structural simulations, and Engineering Education.

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Asad Yousuf P.E. Savannah State University

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Asad Yousuf is the Coordinator and Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Savannah State University

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Bryan Knakiewicz Savannah State University

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M.S. Engineering Technology
The University of Toledo

Ph.D. Technology
Eastern Michigan University

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The gender difference in entry and persistence in the area of engineering and technology that leads to the under-representation of women in these fields are due to a combination of some social and environmental factors. It is well-documented that, to minimize the effect of the factors that discourage young girls to choose engineering and technology majors, focus should be placed on the K-12 system. More specifically, the negative perceptions that girls develop at a young age should be corrected before they enter high school. Research shows that emphasizing the effort on early learning environments would make a significant impact. This paper will describe the year-long activities, including a 2-week intense summer camp, organized and conducted by XXX State University Engineering Technology faculty members for middle school girls from Savannah-Chatham County Public School Systems (SCCPSS) to inspire them about Engineering and Technology areas. The girls were recruited from 7th grade as they will have one more year before they enter high school, plus high school training before they enter college. The paper will also share how these activities have made a positive impact on their young minds and motivated them to pursue careers in Engineering and Technology fields.

Hayder, M. M., & Yousuf, A., & Knakiewicz, B. (2019, June), Inspiring Middle School Girls into Engineering and Technology Fields Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32969

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