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Let It Roll With Yess!

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Ensuring Access to K - 12 Engineering Programs

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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11.889.1 - 11.889.14



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Taryn Bayles University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Taryn Bayles, Ph.D. is a Professor the Practice of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Department at UMBC, where she teaches Introduction to Engineering Design and various Chemical Engineering courses. She has spent half of her career working in industry and the other half in academia. Over the last three years, she has received over $3M of NSF funding in Engineering Education & Outreach to develop hands-on curriculum to increase the interest, participation, recruitment, and retention of students in engineering and science. She has been recognized with several teaching and mentoring awards and the 2006 USM Regents Award for Collaboration in Public Service.

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Ted Foster University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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Ted Foster, Ph.D. is Assistant Dean of the UMBC College of Engineering and Information Technology, where he coordinates accreditation activities and directs graduate programs in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. Prior to coming to UMBC, he had a 36-year career at Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman, managing research and advanced development in microelectronics and microwave technology for modern radar systems.

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Dean Sheridan Glen Elg High School, Howard County Public Schools, Maryland

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Dean Sheridan has been an engineering design, mathematics and computing teacher at Glenelg High School for the last 22 years. In addition he is an Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College in Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry and Computer related instruction. Under his leadership, his students have been regional winners in the US First Robotics Competition for the last four years and he has served as the Director of the YESS program since 2002. He also coaches Varsity Soccer, Indoor Track, Softball, Gymnastics and Wrestling. Mr. Sheridan has also been recognized with various Outstanding Teaching awards.

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Carolyn Parker George Washington University

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Carolyn Parker is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education in the Graduate School of Education at the George Washington University. She has a doctorate in
Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Carolyn was a high school science teacher. Her
research interests are gender and equity in science and technology.

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Let’s Roll with YESS!


YESS (Young Engineers and Scientists Seminars is an enrichment program for gifted and talented high school students from the Baltimore/Washington areas who have a strong aptitude in mathematics and science fields. Letters are sent to Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering High School teachers asking them to nominate students for participation in the program. This program was founded in 2002 and is funded by the Historical Electronics Museum with a grant from Northrop Grumman. YESS has presented speakers on topics as diverse as plasma physics, stealth radar, biomedical imagery, super computers/micro technology, aeronautical engineering, astrophysics and satellite reconnaissance.

In 2004, the program was revised from a strictly seminar series, to a hands-on program designed to help students understand the engineering design process. Two-hour sessions are held biweekly and students learn how to go from brainstorming to designing, building, and testing. For the 2005 YESS program the over-arching project, performed in teams, was to design a mousetrap vehicle which had to meet various design criteria, which include maximizing distance traveled, pulling capability, speed over a specified distance, and stopping ability at a specified distance. The YESS program is a miniature version of the Introduction to Engineering course at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At each seminar the high school students learn engineering fundamentals that relate to their design project, followed by hands-on mini design challenges. The presentations given by technical experts include: Who Wants to be an Engineer?, Introduction to Engineering Design: Project Based Learning, The Engineering Method, Vehicle Design, Power and Energy Conversion: An Engineering Perspective, and Computer Modeling Techniques. The mini design challenges are related to different aspects of the over-arching design project and the teams compete for prizes provided by Northrop Grumman. Scholarship awards were made to the top four teams for the mousetrap vehicle design competition.

A mini-grant from the NSF funded Conducting Rigorous Research Education: Creating a Community of Practice (DUE-0341127) has been received and is being used as incentive to the students to submit surveys before and after participating in the program. The purpose of the surveys was to measure how the instruction of pre-college students in the engineering design process using project based learning with hands-on activities impacts engineering knowledge and decisions to study engineering. The students completed pre- and post-surveys measuring interest, attitude and knowledge of the engineering design process and the underlying principles associated with a successful design solution. In addition, each team was required to keep a design notebook to document the evolution of the final design. Part of the funding received is also being used for the assessment of the data. The preliminary results of these findings have been complied and the final results will be presented in June.


The Mission of the Historical Electronics Museum is to educate industry, government, students and the general public on the evolution and the importance of defense and commercial

Bayles, T., & Foster, T., & Sheridan, D., & Parker, C. (2006, June), Let It Roll With Yess! Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--732

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