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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Minorities in Engineering
A workshop on harmful algal bloom in Ohio surface water was designed to engage STEM students to conduct environmental and geographical studies and research at Central State University (CSU). CSU is a historical black university (HBCU) offering bachelor degrees for multiple STEM programs, including environmental engineering, sustainable agriculture and computer science. In 2018 and 2019, a total of thirteen STEM students were recruited for a four-week summer workshop to study multidisciplinary technologies for harmful algal bloom detection and monitoring. The goal of the workshop is to equip students with multidisciplinary cutting-edge theories and technologies in GIS, remote sensing, biology, and water chemistry. It further improves the students’ success in their academic study and future career. In the first two weeks of the workshop, students participated in lectures, lab experiments, technology demonstration, field trips, research lab visiting, and etc. Through these activities, student participants had opportunities to develop hands-on experience on multiple novel technologies and instrument, including ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), GPS, Inducted Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), and ASD spectroradiometer. In the third week, participants were assigned with project tasks: select an Ohio inland lake to investigate the occurrence of algal bloom in the past decades, and further relate the risk of algal bloom to land cover and land use pattern observed within the watershed. Upon the completion of the project, students have practiced using ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, and EPA Water Quality Portal for map design, landscape inquiry, and water quality data analysis. In the fourth week, participants presented their key project findings to the workshop advisors. The follow-up monitoring of participants’ academic and research success were conducted to provide feedback of the workshop design and implementation. The paper presents the overall design of the workshop, and highlights the preliminary evaluation of the workshop.
Zhang, N., & Lowell, C., & Wei, X., & Liu, D. (2020, June), Student Education and Engagement at a Minority Institution Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35224
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