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The Joint U.S./French Research Partnership Between The Rockdale Magnet School For Science And Technology (Conyers, Georgia, Usa) And The Lycee De La Communication (Metz, France).

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2003 Annual Conference

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Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Abroad Educational Opportunities in Engineering

Page Count

5

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8.1149.1 - 8.1149.5

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https://peer.asee.org/12228

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William Smith

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Angela Quick

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Session 3260

The Joint US/French Research Partnership between the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology (Conyers, Georgia, USA) and the Lycée de la Communication (Metz, France) William W Smith, Jr / Angela Hinson Quick Georgia Tech / Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology

Abstract The Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology is an alliance between the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering and the Rockdale County Public Schools. Immediately adjacent to Georgia Tech's French campus (Georgia Tech Lorraine) is the French high school, the Lycée de la Communication. In early 2002 and with the support of the Georgia Tech’s Atlanta and French administrations, the Lycée de la Communication (in Metz, France) and Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology (25 miles from Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus in Conyers, Georgia USA) agreed to an experiment in which French and US students are paired to perform joint research projects. In autumn 2002, ten US students visited France to meet with their French research partners. In April 2003, French students will reciprocate and visit Georgia. Each visiting group resides in local homes and participates in the academic and home life of their host families. The organizers hope to repeat annually and expand with goals including joint and French participation in science and engineering competitions.

The US School (Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology) The Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology (RMSST, www.rockdale.gatech.edu) was founded in 2000. This magnet high school provides a unique combination of required research classes and projects, an international research partnership, and direct liaison with college engineering personnel. Specialized AP and magnet school science, mathematics, and research classes are taught to the participating 130 magnet students by magnet school teachers, while non-magnet school classes are taken with the general population and their teachers in a 1400 student suburban US high school. Each student participates in required research classes during their 9th, 10th, and 11th grades with each student formally defining, executing, and presenting their research project in multiple fora. Research ideology is presented in 9th grade with students’ initial projects requiring an experiment with single independent and dependant variables and increasing complexity during subsequent grades. All students are required to procure mentors for their projects, execute their experiments, produce quantitative results including statistics, and provide written and oral presentations. The relationship with Georgia Tech provides access to personnel (a dedicated liaison engineering PhD, professorial, graduate, and undergraduate assistance), facilities (i.e. nuclear, biomedical, chemical, instrumentation) typically unavailable and often unknown to traditional high school science students, and access to Georgia Tech's campus in Metz, France. Georgia Tech’s interests in the magnet school include fostering more indigenous engineering student candidates. Although only beginning its third year and incorporating about 45 rising 9th graders each year, to date and amongst other “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Smith, W., & Quick, A. (2003, June), The Joint U.S./French Research Partnership Between The Rockdale Magnet School For Science And Technology (Conyers, Georgia, Usa) And The Lycee De La Communication (Metz, France). Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12228

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