June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.1177.1 - 23.1177.7
The Creation, Evolution and Impact of a GK-12 Sustainable Outreach ModelAbstractThe GK-12 outreach program at the university began in 2004 with a grant from the NationalScience Foundation and supplemental funding from the GE Foundation. The goal was toestablish a symbiotic, long-term relationship with the K-12 community to benefit three keystakeholders: the K-12 students, the K-12 teachers and the university students. The initial modelunderwent several iterations during the next six years to help maximize the university’s impactand ability to disseminate intellectual capital to the surrounding community without increasingthe current workload of K-12 students and teachers. To the benefit of all involved, the flow ofintellectual capital was not unidirectional. K-12 teachers reciprocated by helping undergraduatesand graduates improve their soft skills as well as develop successful out-of-school timeprograms. The partnership that was created between the university and the K-12 community hasnot only benefited the three initial stakeholders but has also benefited the university and the K-12school.This paper will define the model and its importance in creating an effective partnership betweenthe university and the K-12 community. Each iteration of the model will be described in termsof the number of staff, out-of-school time programs created and the K-12 students, teachers andschools impacted. During the first three years, as the staff grew, so did the number of out-of-school programs and consequently the number of K-12 students impacted. During the final threeyears, as we experimented with the size of the staff and their roles, we created the moststreamlined version of the model and most cost-effective way to maximize the university’simpact.This final model is significant because of its ability to disseminate intellectual capital whilehelping all of the key stakeholders learn and grow. It also has the potential to work in anyuniversity setting to benefit any local community.
Albers, L., & Parry, E. A., & Bottomley, L. (2013, June), The Creation, Evolution and Impact of a GK-12 Outreach Model Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22562
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