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Project Summary Of A K 12 Outreach With A Summer Program And A Mobile Laboratory

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Engineering Technology Poster Session

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8.952.1 - 8.952.9



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Kenneth Reid

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Session 1547

Project Summary of a K-12 Outreach with a Summer Program and a Mobile Laboratory

Kenneth J. Reid Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


This paper will describe and summarize a two-year project using hands-on activities to introduce K-12 students to Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology and inspire and foster an interest in engineering, mathematics, and science. Two specific projects included in this initiative were:

S developing new summer hands-on workshops for students entering grades 5 through 10 through the ‘Young Scholars’ summer on-campus program, and S deployments of the Mobile Electronics Manufacturing Line (MEML) to schools in the area, exposing additional students to electrical engineering / electrical technology with hands-on experiments. These deployments were coordinated with the help of K-12 teachers.

We were able to reach 111 students through our summer workshops as part of the Young Scholars program at IUPUI, and just over 800 students through deployments of the MEML.

The paper will summarize the efforts within the project, address funding, discuss results and emphasize lessons learned when approaching a large scale K-12 project. Many roadblocks were encountered over the two year period, and these lessons should prove valuable to anyone proposing such a project.


The overall objective of this program was to increase awareness and appreciation of electrical engineering and technology in K-12 students and teachers. It is widely accepted that hands-on activities make a very favorable impression on students: both of these projects had students and teachers engaged in hands-on activities in different areas of engineering, showing that these activities are fun and interesting1. The IEEE Foundation provided funding for this activity amounting to approximately $50k over a two year period. Other organizations contributed approximately $30k. It should be mentioned that the MEML lab already existed2,3: in other words, the funding was not to build or equip the MEML, but for deployments, operation and components for the MEML and course offerings for Young Scholars.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Reid, K. (2003, June), Project Summary Of A K 12 Outreach With A Summer Program And A Mobile Laboratory Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12391

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