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"Just Like Me": Improving the Image of Engineering for Elementary School Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

PCEE Resource Exchange

Tagged Division

Pre-College Engineering Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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2

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https://peer.asee.org/31922

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6

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Jessica Rush Leeker Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Jessica Rush Leeker earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State with a focus in Supply Chain and Information Systems and a minor in international business. She attended Purdue University, receiving an MBA with specialization in Sustainability and Operations.

Before business school, Jessica spent a summer in Haiti, delivering shoes to those in need and creating a more efficient supply chain for urban water projects. Jessica has worked for many successful consumer product companies including Unilever, and Georgia Pacific.

Currently, Jessica is completing her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University to focus on practical methods of corporate outreach in STEM for minority communities. In her free time, writes children’s books, teaches yoga to children, and enjoys her family.

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Kayla R. Maxey Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Kayla is a doctoral student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interest includes the influence of informal engineering learning experiences on diverse students’ attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of engineering, and the relationship between students’ interests and the practices and cultures of engineering. Her current work at the FACE lab is on teaching strategies for K-12 STEM educators integrating engineering design and the development of engineering skills of K-12 learners.

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Monica E. Cardella Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0002-4229-6183

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Monica E. Cardella is the Director of the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering and is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University.

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Morgan M. Hynes Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Dr. Morgan Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and Director of the FACE Lab research group at Purdue. In his research, Hynes explores the use of engineering to integrate academic subjects in K-12 classrooms. Specific research interests include design metacognition among learners of all ages; the knowledge base for teaching K-12 STEM through engineering; the relationships among the attitudes, beliefs, motivation, cognitive skills, and engineering skills of K-16 engineering learners; and teaching engineering.

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Abstract

Engineering education is no exception to the disproportionately low representation of racially and ethnically diverse students. To improve the representation in STEM fields, informal learning environments are locations for the involvement of racially and ethnically diverse students with STEM activities. We propose the identity portraits as a tool to increase the awareness of the contributions of African Americans, Latinx, and Hispanic professional to the field of STEM for 3-5th-grade students. To date, these representations are limited to discussions during Black history month or other cultural awareness celebrations which marginalize these populations from the dominant narrative.

Leeker, J. R., & Maxey, K. R., & Cardella, M. E., & Hynes, M. M. (2019, June), "Just Like Me": Improving the Image of Engineering for Elementary School Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/31922

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