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Reinvent K-12 Education System: Prepare Underrepresented Students for STEM

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 6

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Tahir Khan

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Dr. Tahir M. Khan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology at the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is currently teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Cybersecurity. He has experience in developing and offering courses in the cybersecurity domain. His research interests include computer privacy, computer security, computer forensics, cybersecurity, the internet of things, cloud computing, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Denise Whitford Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)

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Lisa Lambert Snodgrass Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)


Lisa Bosman Purdue University at West Lafayette (PPI)

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Dr. Bosman holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering. Her engineering education research interests include entrepreneurially minded learning, interdisciplinary education, and faculty professional development. Learn more here:

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Sunnie Watson Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE)

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Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) is the first school initiated by Purdue University to achieve broader academic and workforce goals. The school’s vision is twofold: reinvent or reimagine high school, and prepare students, especially underrepresented minorities for STEM fields. The school follows a competency-based model that provides students an environment to learn and explore their career passions through hands-on service projects. The school created a dynamic model for introducing projects that allow students to learn about different types of STEM-related fields, such as manufacturing, architecture, construction, engineering, science, technology, and more. The competency-based model provides an opportunity for educators to introduce projects to students at an early stage in their careers in an effort to help them develop a passion for a particular field. These projects can also help students make early choices and decisions about their future career aspirations. The research shows that the competency-based model supports students in learning and developing valuable skills such as collaboration, creative thinking and critical analysis, problem solving, teamwork, and networking. Students who earn a 3.4 GPA and a 1050 on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT are guaranteed direct admittance into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.

Khan, T., & Whitford, D., & Lambert Snodgrass, L., & Bosman, L., & Watson, S. (2022, August), Reinvent K-12 Education System: Prepare Underrepresented Students for STEM Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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