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June 22, 2020
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Women in Engineering
STEM Program for Female High School Students
Despite engineering careers helping to solve problems in society and environment, and enabling financial independence, a disproportionately low number of women enter engineering careers. Contributing factors may include during the developing years lack of role models and activities that would increase the interest and confidence in STEM pathways. Our institute has initiated activities to provide exposure to role models and STEM activities to young females. Since 2016 our institute has developed a mini program "RAMP for High School Girls" to expose junior and senior high school girls to STEM fields. In the past 4 years, about 30 female students participated in the mini program each year. This year our institute started a new STEM program for freshman and sophomore female high school students from a girls’ high school. This program aimed to help female high school students explore STEM fields. The event is organized by the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In each workshop, female professors talked about their experiences, and students participated in STEM-related hands-on projects, connecting them to real life applications, and boosting students' interests in different STEM disciplines. The program represents part of our university’s ongoing efforts to interest young women in STEM.
The core of the events of the day were three STEM workshops: Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. There was one hour for each workshop and the students rotated between the different workshops. The three workshop lab activities are presented in this paper. Biomedical Engineering project was ECG measurement, Mechanical Engineering was making bowling pins in manufacturing center, and Electrical Engineering project was programming Arduino to get information from pressure sensors to control the color of LED lights.
14 female high school students participated in this new STEM program this year. Students were excited about our program and we got positive feedback from the students. Students reflected that they would like to participate more STEM related activities in the future.
Song, J., & Dow, D. E., & Ma, G. G., & Li, W., & Ma, L. (2020, June), STEM Program for Female High School Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35205
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