June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
12.1331.1 - 12.1331.19
Summer Research Experience for High School Students and Teachers, A Pilot Program
The Summer Research Experience for High School Students and Teachers (SEHS) a pilot program targeting high school students and teachers, was offered at Louisiana State University, a Carnegie Research I University. The program provided research and mentoring opportunities to students and teachers who were predominantly from rural schools. This academic and leadership program was developed as a result of informal surveys of students and teachers as well as requests by faculty researchers, teachers and entities outside of the university system. The SEHS program expanded and improved upon some existing programs on the university’s campus and incorporated new activities and collaborations between various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based entities within the university system and in the surrounding community. This pilot program was the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration among university STEM researchers, faculty departments and researchers and primary and secondary education school boards and superintendents. The collaborative effort provided a unique opportunity to strengthen K-12 connections to the university so that the community is more aware of research conducted by the university and the opportunities for learning for the students.
The Surrounding Community
Louisiana State University is located in Baton Rouge, the capital of the state. Baton Rouge is one of five metropolitan regions within the state and has a population of approximately 500,000. Of the state’s total estimated population of 4.5 million for 2005, approximately 1.1 million live in rural locations. Within the city limits, the elementary and secondary school system is comprised of a combination of public and private institutions.
According to the US Census Bureau statistics for 2004, the median household income in the state is $32,700 with an estimated 20% of the population living below the poverty level. Only 19% of the population age 25+ has a bachelor degree or higher. The Census Bureau reports that approximately 64% of the state is white, 33% is African American, and approximately 3% is “other.”  The state is also in the lowest percentile in the nation for beginning teacher salaries, ranging from $27,000 to $32,000.  The median salary range for teachers is approximately $39,000.
Literary Review and Historical Trends
A literary review of documents, papers and websites on STEM educational trends and on behavior and perception modification were used to assist in developing the SEHS program. The literary review of published documents was used to determine the historical trends and behaviors. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Labor provided the majority of the STEM educational trend information for program development. [2, 9, 10]
Dann Johnson, S., & Waggenspack, W., & Nixon, B., & Craft, D., & Peters, C. (2007, June), Summer Research Experience For High School Students And Teachers: A Pilot Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2476
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