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Summer Outreach Program For High School Students: Results Of The Second Year Implementation

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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ETD Poster Session

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9.1137.1 - 9.1137.5

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Mark Stockman

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Hazem Said

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Session _1547_

Summer Outreach Program for High School Students: Results of the Second Year Implementation

Hazem Said, Mark Stockman and Tom Wulf

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Technology, University of Cincinnati


The Summer Academy of Information Technology is a non-residential camp-style summer outreach program for high school students from under-served communities. The purpose of this program is to encourage these students to pursue a college degree and to learn about Information Technology as a possible career choice. The program was first offered in 2002 and provided a good learning experience for the faculty involved. Lessons were learned about different aspects of the program, including: the curriculum selection, marketing, delivery methods and outreach to the target students. Results of the first year were reported in proceedings of the CITC 32 and ASEE 20031. Changes were made to the program in its second year of implementation and this paper presents those changes and discusses the results.

Introduction: Review of Changes in SAIT

The original 2002 session of the Summer Academy for Information Technology (SAIT) was held over a two week period. Three focus areas from Information Technology were chosen for curriculum tracks and a master project was devised that would combine the sub-projects from each of the tracks. The tracks chosen were: Networking (cabling, user accounts, and Web server installation), Multimedia (digital video), and Software Development: (database application). Each student participated in each of the three tracks which were taught consecutively one after another. A complete description of SAIT can be found in Said & Wulf1, Said et al2 and the program web site3.

Because the 2-week period overlapped with the start of the regular summer course offerings, it presented scheduling difficulties for faculty participants. Therefore, the first change for the 2003 session was to adopt a one-week period with more hours per day to provide the same amount of instructional hours as in the previous two-week program. Instead of having student participants all do the same activities, each day was divided into two sessions and students picked two of the three available tracks in which to participate for the length of the Academy. Table 1 shows an outline of the daily schedule. Student participants were required to choose one track only for their presentation on Friday.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Stockman, M., & Wulf, T., & Said, H. (2004, June), Summer Outreach Program For High School Students: Results Of The Second Year Implementation Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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