Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Women in Engineering
Bringing STEM programs into our school curriculum is the latest craze in educational strategies, but STEM courses are still a tough sell for a lot of students who don’t excel in traditional math and science courses. This paper discusses how student feedback was used to promote and grow an engineering program at the high school level. A survey was given to all high school students containing questions aimed at finding areas of interest within the student body that could be utilized to restructure the engineering program and the curriculum within that program to better serve the student body population and their interests by renaming and/or adding courses. Enrollment data for the following year was used to validate the data from the survey and showed the following key results: (1) The survey predicted that the Mechanisms and Drives content standards driven class could triple in enrollment if rebadged as Robotics and the actual enrollment data nearly supports that result with an increase of almost 2.5 times previous enrollment; (2) Survey data predicted that enrollment of female students and students not interested in traditional STEM courses could be boosted with a food-themed course, and data shows that the female enrollment of the refurbished program (including a Food Engineering course) enrollment is up from 8.5% to 40% and overall program enrollment is up by 81% over the previous academic year; (3) The latest enrollment offers class sizes averaging at around 14 students, which achieves the goal or 12-14 students per class set for the program; and (4) With 40% female enrollment, the target to achieve participatory numbers higher than the workforce average of 15% was not only surpassed, but was nearly tripled.
Schrewe, L. (2018, June), STEM: Customized for Them Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30992
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