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New Mexico PREP Academy from 2016-2019

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 16

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34993

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https://peer.asee.org/34993

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Jacqueline A. Zeiber New Mexico State University

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Jacqueline Zeiber is an EdS candidate in School Psychology at New Mexico State University.
Jacqueline received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in
2014. She has also received two Master's degrees in Counseling and Guidance with a Specialization in Educational Diagnostics as well as Social Psychology. She will also receive a minor in Applied Statistics upon completion of her EdS. Jacqueline is currently completing her School Psychology internship while working with the College of Engineering on evaluating the effectiveness of the NM PREP Academy program.

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Tamara Elise Stimatze New Mexico State University

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Tamara Stimatze is an assistant professor of Public Health Sciences, at New Mexico State University. Tamara teaches biostatistics for undergraduate and graduate students. She is an expert in research design, data collection, statistical analyses, and analytic writing. Her researcher interests are in disparities within education and health, due to demographic variables such as gender identity, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as developing educational interventions designed to increase positive attitudes and behaviors toward the LGBTQ+ community.

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Patricia A. Sullivan New Mexico State University

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Patricia A. Sullivan serves as Associate Dean for Outreach and Recruitment in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. She received her PhD in industrial engineering and has over 35 years’ experience directing statewide engineering outreach services that include technical engineering business assistance, professional development, and educational outreach programs. She is co-PI for a National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES pilot grant, co-PI for a NSF grant to broaden participation in STEM, and is a PI for an i6 Challenge grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). She served as institutional integrator for the Partnership for the Advancement of Engineering Education (PACE) at NMSU, was University Affiliate Director for the NM ans was co-lead for a NSF funded Pathways to Innovation cohort at NMSU. Currently, Patricia serves on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and a member of the board of directors for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company (a program that certifies SBA 504 loans that foster economic development.) She has extensive experience in economic development particularly efforts that build on collaborative partnerships with business and industry, government agencies, and other stake-holders to enhance employment opportunities for engineering students.

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Steven J. Stochaj New Mexico State University

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Steve Stochaj - Distinguished Professor, Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering - New Mexico State University: Steve has participated in a number of curricular activities aimed at increasing minority participation in STEM fields. These include the development of the freshman year experience (ENGR 100), and the NSF INCLUDES: Enhancing the New Mexico STEM Pipeline - Design and Development Launch Pilot program.

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Abstract

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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