Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Pre-College Engineering Education
STEM Enrichment Program for High School Students: Results and Lessons Learned (Evaluation)
Summary- The shortage of STEM graduates in the United States has been the focus of numerous recent reports. Data compiled by the American College Testing in 2008 shows that the overall four-year engineering graduation rate was 22% in public schools and 45% in private schools. While there are many causes that result in low graduation rates, it is more likely that rates could be improved if students are well-prepared for college and have clear future career goals. Universities are implementing programs that employ several high impact retention approaches, including advising, mentoring, active learning, student engagement, and support services. This paper describes a two-week summer enrichment program that focuses on improving student preparedness for college, while promoting active learning through hands-on experiences and activities. The program is a partnership with industry with a major goal of engaging under-represented students, including female students, in STEM. Students are introduced to various engineering disciplines through hands-on activities that included topics in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering. The program also includes two field trips where students tour relevant facilities that employ engineers and scientists.
In summer 2016, 28 students successfully completed the workshop. The group included 10 females and 15 minority (none-white, self-reported) students. Participants represented 12 high schools and one home-schooled student. In summer 2017, 33 students successfully completed the workshop. The group included 14 females and 16 minority (none-white, self-reported) students representing 19 high schools. The paper will present program data and discuss results and lessons learned.
Bachnak, R., & Eskin, S. K., & Love, S. (2018, June), STEM Enrichment Program for High School Students: Results and Lessons Learned (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30989
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