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Providing an Engineering Context to Promote Global Awareness and Engage Underrepresented Minority High School Mathematics Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Supporting Diversity in Engineering

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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23.1006.1 - 23.1006.12



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Douglas Edwards Georgia Institute of Technology

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Douglas Edwards is a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) educational researcher with the Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational experience in the Atlanta area for the past twenty years includes high school mathematics teaching, Math/Science Magnet Program Director, Title I educational data specialist, and Associate Professor of Information Technology. As a former US Air Force electronics engineer, Doug was also an engineering project manager.

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Jeremy Lingle

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Jessica D Gale CEISMC Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Providing an Engineering Context to Promote Global Awareness and Engage Underrepresented Minority High School Mathematics StudentsThe need to increase the percentage of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields is a topic ofinterest and discussion at local, state, and national levels. According to the National Academy ofSciences 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Scienceand Technology Talent at the Crossroads: Underrepresented minority groups comprised 28.5 percent of our national population in 2006, yet just 9.1 percent of college-educated Americans in science and engineering occupations (academic and nonacademic), suggesting the proportion of underrepresented minorities in S&E would need to triple to match their share of the overall U.S. population. (p. 3)As a result of this awareness, efforts have increased to motivate and engage underrepresentedminority students in STEM.This paper focuses on the use of the 21st Century Skill of Global Awareness to provide anengineering context for a high school mathematics class intended to motivate and engageunderrepresented minorities. Math4-OR (Mathematics of Industry and Government [MIG]) is afourth year applied mathematics course offered in the state of Georgia. The course focuses onindustrial engineering and operations research concepts. ****** is working with a 99% AfricanAmerican high school to center the context of the MIG curriculum around providing electricityfor rural South Africans. The students, who are in a cohort of the MIG class and a partneringengineering technology class, will construct solar panels for a rural school in Evaton, SouthAfrica with a goal of fundraising to travel to the school to install the solar panels. The currentpaper will describe the structure of this interdisciplinary project and the initial evaluation of theglobal awareness, motivation, and engagement of the student cohort.

Edwards, D., & Lingle, J., & Gale, J. D. (2013, June), Providing an Engineering Context to Promote Global Awareness and Engage Underrepresented Minority High School Mathematics Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22391

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