June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.1141.1 - 24.1141.6
A Summer Engineering Outreach Program for High School Students Abstract In the academic year 2011-2012, the Engineering Department of University XXXstarted a summer exploratory program for local high school students interested inEngineering. The main purpose of the workshop was attracting underrepresentedminorities and women to the discipline of engineering. This work in progress is supportedby Department of Education grant XXX. The first summer program in 2012 included a 4-week workshop on robotics. Thisinitiative was focused on introducing students to many aspects of robotics and its impacton engineering. The students were given the opportunity to fully assemble a robot andprogram it through a computer interface. The program was concluded with a robotic armcompetition that allowed the students to showcase their skills in front of faculty, staff,and their parents. In 2012-2013, multiple enhancements were made to the program to includemultiple aspects in Engineering. The summer engineering program in 2013 focused on adiverse set of topics in the disciplines of electrical, electronics, computer, and mechanicalengineering. The program was divided into four components: 1. The first component provided an introduction to basic electronics with laboratory exercises that focused on the application of electronic components. These laboratories introduced the students to modern engineering measurement equipment, e.g., oscilloscopes, power supplies, and function generators. 2. The second component of the summer project introduced students to different types of combustion engines, e.g., two and four stroke, and design engines, hybrid cars, and propulsion systems. The lab component corresponding to this part of the project required the students to assemble a mock-up of a four stroke engine. 3. The third component introduced students to the principles of electromagnetism, transmission lines, and power generation. The students assembled a DC motor and used different measurement equipment to test the input output relationship of a DC motor. 4. The final aspect of the summer program focused on the advancements in the field of robotics. The students assembled and programmed a robot to carry out specific tasks. The program concluded with a robotic competition and celebration that was attended by faculty and students’ parents. Detailed assessment of participants’ attitude and knowledge gained have beenconducted and analyzed. The pre and post surveys that were presented to the studentsindicate that the students have acquired a greater understanding of many topics in thefield of engineering. In fact, the survey results indicate that after completing the summerprogram, students were more enthusiastic about pursuing a career in engineering, whichwas one of the main goals of this intuitive. Moreover, the participants in the programwere mainly from underrepresented groups which furthered the goals of this grant inpromoting the discipline of engineering amongst minorities and women.
Lam, C., & Danforth, M., & Mehrpouyan, H., & Hughes, R. (2014, June), Summer Engineering Outreach Program for High School Students: Survey and Analysis Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23074
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