June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
11.1128.1 - 11.1128.15
“Show Them NAND Gates and They Will Come”
Many universities and colleges are faced with declining numbers of potential engineering students. In Wyoming, this is due to a declining number of high school graduates as well as potential students not being aware of the engineering career field. We have met this challenge with a variety of awareness and recruiting programs. A common thread in these efforts is a hands-on laboratory program in digital design fundamentals. This program exposes students to the exciting world of engineering, Boolean logic, and fundamental design principles. This low cost program consists of a series of theory modules coupled with a hands-on laboratory component. We have purposely developed laboratory modules using low cost, readily available components and test equipment. This approach has been used for the past five years with a middle school girls program, science and engineering summer programs for high school juniors and seniors, K-12 teacher enrichment programs, and also freshmen orientation to electrical and computer engineering programs. In this paper we will describe the modular approach, the low cost laboratory exercises, and also the success of using this approach to attract students to careers in the engineering and science.
Many colleges and universities are faced with declining numbers of graduating high school seniors. This body of students is the primary source of future undergraduate engineering students. At the University of Wyoming, there are many different programs to attract students to the university as well as the study of engineering. A brief summary of each of these programs are provided below.
Summer High School Institute (HSI): The mission of HSI is to provide a place where some of Wyoming’s most intellectually talented high school sophomores can gather before their junior and senior years, living and studying in an environment with no pressure for grades, and sharing ideas and friendship with other gifted students. The primary purpose of the program is to annually draw 100 talented high school sophomore students to the university for an intensive examination of unanswered questions and unresolved challenges. Among the areas that are probed include: world hunger, plants and people, knights and cowboys, drama, ethics and society, communicating with computers, understanding cultural development, pharmacy, fundamentals of computer design and programming, and the links between life and the arts. The goal is not to require students to learn another body of knowledge and pass yet another test. It is, rather to challenge imaginations, focus diverse disciplines on specific issues or problems, and integrate various individual talents into a larger perspective. In the process it is hoped that the selected high school students achieve their academic and personal potential by cultivating their leadership capabilities; to expanding their horizons, developing their adaptability, creativity, and critical thinking
Barrett, S., & Hamann, J., & Coon, D., & Crips, P., & Pierre, J. (2006, June), Show Them Nand Gates And They Will Come Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--160
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