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Pre-College Engineering Education
The XXX PREP Middle and High School Academies (XXX PREP) are two-week residential summer STEM programs that have been offered once a year since 2016. XXX PREP utilizes hands-on activities, field trips, opportunities for group work, and lectures that revolve around a variety of engineering disciplines including Aerospace, Chemical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. Participating in this program also allows students the opportunity to experience life on a university campus, gain self-confidence, refine their self-identity, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and increase their knowledge of engineering. Throughout the four Academies offered thus far, there have been a total of 665 participants (20.6% Middle School Students, 26.3% High School Students, and 53.1% unspeficied), with approximately 27% of whom were male and approximately 27% of whom were Hispanic/Latino(a). In order to assess program outcomes and effectiveness, participants were asked to complete pre-post surveys and content assessments. Cumulative results indicate participating in XXX PREP had little impact on students' self-efficacy, personal identity, engineering knowledge, or interest in engineering. However, examination of intra-program differences suggest otherwise. In particular, XXX PREP has the ability to affect students' knowledge of engineering, in terms of both actual and perceived knowledge. Participating in XXX PREP also has the ability to affect students’ personal identity, interest in engineering, and self-efficacy in terms of both STEM-related subjects and tasks. Overall, these results suggest XXX PREP Academy has the potential to be an effective means of exposing students to the field of engineering and providing them with a basic foundation in engineering.
Zeiber, J. A., & Stimatze, T. E., & Sullivan, P. A., & Stochaj, S. J. (2020, June), New Mexico PREP Academy from 2016-2019 Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34993
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