June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
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Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE): An Evolving Hands-On Role for the Engineering Librarian
The summer of 2009 marked the third year that the EQT Corporation sponsored a two- week Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) at Carnegie Mellon University. The program’s goal is to provide junior high girls the opportunity to learn of the appeal of engineering as a career choice by demonstrating how engineering contributions make the world “a better place.” The girls complete an application and attach a copy of their latest report card, a teacher recommendation form, and a one page essay explaining their interest in SEE. Twenty+ participants per year attend the July program free of charge. Librarians are invited to participate each year to provide research assistance. Our approach has changed over time from a one-shot lecture style to co-teaching two hour long sessions that promote step-by-step strategies for conducting research. These sessions include instruction on how to locate energy related websites and how to evaluate them, how to develop presenting and writing skills, and how to properly document sources used in their final presentation. SEE faculty continue to develop their instruction modules based on demonstrated successes from each year. This paper will discuss the impact that the librarian can make during one-on-one interactions with the SEE students and the lessons learned over a three year program cycle.
As self-described on their website, http://www.ices.cmu.edu/see/, the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) is part of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT), the engineering college at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2007, ICES has hosted an educational outreach two-week July program for middle school girls. Various Carnegie Mellon faculty members, including a Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate summer intern, along with Engineering and Science Librarians from the University Libraries have worked to create a worthwhile learning experience for the SEE—Summer Engineering Experience for Girls—participants from local Pittsburgh schools. The 2009 schedule is included in this paper to provide a view of the type of sessions incorporated in the program (see Appendix).
A survey of the literature concerning engineering curriculum for girls reveals some broad treatments of the subject. Following WWII-era handbooks offering engineering career guidance to girls by listing vocational options for various science careers, two types of literature that inform this paper appear increasingly prominent from the late 1970s.1, 2, 3 The first may be characterized as literature concerned with student perceptions and the representation of professional scientists and engineers. The second is more concerned with pedagogical strategies and programs designed for pre-college girls. Both treatments
Beck, D., & Berard, G., & Baker, B., & George, N. (2010, June), Summer Engineering Experience For Girls (See): An Evolving Hands On Role For The Engineering Librarian Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16030
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