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Pipeline Development through Middle School, High School, and Community Enrichment Opportunities

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2018 FYEE Conference


Glassboro, New Jersey

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

Start Date

July 24, 2018

End Date

July 26, 2018

Conference Session

Technical Session VI

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Diversity and FYEE Conference Sessions

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Sheila Erin Youngblood Cameron University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Sheila Youngblood is an Assistant Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at Cameron University in Oklahoma. She is the primary contact for all engineering students at CU. Her passion is to encourage students of Southwest Oklahoma to pursue higher education through the use enrichment opportunities. Dr. Youngblood is the co-director of CU Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy for high school students, It’s MathE – a middle school enrichment experience, and CU Empowering Women in Leadership and STEM conference. Her research is pedagogy in an engineering classroom and water quality. Before joining CU in August 2010, she worked for the USDA-NRCS in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Texas as a civil engineer for approximately 10 years. Her university teaching experience began in 2001 and spans multiple states and university systems from Research 1 to community college to private university and finally a regional university setting. She received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and also hold a Master’s degree from University of Kentucky and B.S. from OSU.

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Irene Camilla Corriette Cameron University

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Ms. Corriette holds an A.S. in Secondary Education from Dominica State College, a B.A. in Mathematics from Cameron University and an M.S. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Cameron University. Ms. Corriette has spent years teaching a variety of mathematics courses with a focus on freshman mathematics courses. Her research interests include community outreach, diversity, and math anxiety. Ms. Corriette serves as co-director for the department’s three outreach initiatives including the CU Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy.

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Tyler C Bishop Cameron University

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Tyler Bishop is a recipient of the Regional Baccalaureate scholarship and received his AAS in Electrical Engineering from Cameron University in 2017. He has served as a councilor for the CU ENGINEERING AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS SUMMER ACADEMY for 2016 & 2017, and as the activities director for 2018. He is currently pursuing a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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The Engineering Program utilizes three pipeline development opportunities annually to develop and strengthen the link between K-12 and the university. The primary goal of the opportunities is to provide Southwest Oklahoma middle school and high school students with an enrichment program which will excite their interest in engineering and mathematics and attract them to engineering and mathematics related careers as they matriculate into college and select college majors. It is imperative that high school students learn about the application of engineering and mathematics prior to entering college. It is equally important that students find ease and comfort on a college campus prior to their first day of class as a tradition freshman. The three opportunities are as follows. First, CU Engineering hosts a 1-week Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy for high school students. First year engineering students serve as counselors and leaders at this academy. Additionally, a junior counselor program has been developed where two to four previous academy attendees apply and are selected to serve as leaders for a subsequent academy. Students work in teams and use the engineering design process to research, design, test, and redesign their projects. Final projects include a design competition and PowerPoint presentation for students to reflect on their experience. Previous academy projects have been rockets including the safe landing of a quail egg, windmills to charge a cell phone, and portable water systems. Secondly, It’s MathE is a middle school enrichment program. This program bridges the gap from college to high school to middle school with the older students (first year engineering and high school students) functioning as leaders and mentors to the respective younger groups. This model allows middle school students to see options for their future, especially at a time when many students begin to become frustrated with math and fail to see its practical applications. The primary goal of the It’s MathE Middle School Enrichment Program will be to engage students and encourage them to work diligently in school, choosing to take all the mathematics they can as they move through middle school and high school. Finally, the Engineering Club hosts an annual Engineering Week Program. This is an opportunity to invite high school students to campus to participate in “fun” events while interacting with first year engineering students and faculty.

Youngblood, S. E., & Corriette, I. C., & Bishop, T. C. (2018, July), Pipeline Development through Middle School, High School, and Community Enrichment Opportunities Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--31426

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