June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Women in Engineering
As we all know, United States are short of engineers, especially women engineers in the work place. Many female students lost interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their early age. How to encourage and retain female students’ interest in STEM is a problem facing many educators.
The paper describes our collaboration with an all girl high school to setup a robotics program and retain students in the program. The school administration is interested in bringing engineering and technology to their curriculum; while we are constantly looking for outreach opportunities to prompt STEM, and encourage more girls into the STEM field. After discussion with school administration, a robotics program was developed. The program was a year-long program which was run as an extra curriculum activity for the girls. The program started in Fall 2014, there were 7 and 10 girls signed up in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 respectively. At the end of the first year, there were only 2 students remained in the program. Retention was a big problem for us. Starting the second year, many changes were made to retain students in the robotics program, i.e. training a science teacher from the high school, making the program available onsite at the high school, assigning more small tasks to help students understand the concepts and practicing more. The results showed that these modifications worked, each week there were 6~7 girls participated in the robotics activities.
This paper summarizes our work for the last two years to help a high school setup a robotics program, including curriculum development, modification, and the efforts to retain students in the program.
Ma, G., & Ma, L. (2017, June), Retaining Female Students in a Robotics Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28802
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