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The K 12 Engineering Outreach Corps: A Service Learning Technical Elective

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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College/University Engineering Students K-12 Outreach

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10.1304.1 - 10.1304.10



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Malinda Zarske

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Jacquelyn Sullivan

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The K-12 Engineering Outreach Corps: A Service-Learning Technical Elective

Jacquelyn F. Sullivan and Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO


The service-learning educational method actively engages students in community service as an integral component of coursework, fostering both civic responsibility and leadership. Research has shown that the use of service-learning pedagogy has significant positive effects on students’ academic performance (GPA, writing skills, critical thinking skills) and development of civic values (commitment to continued civic participation).1 Service-learning courses are emerging in engineering colleges as a mechanism to provide engineering students with meaningful community-based learning experiences through which they develop the values and skills of An Outreach Corps student team leads an in- citizenship and leadership, while maturing their classroom engineering discussion and own communications skills and strengthening demonstration with fifth-grade students. their commitment to the engineering profession.

The Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder established a K-12 Engineering Outreach Corps service-learning technical elective comprised of junior- and senior-level engineering undergraduate students. In the three-credit hour course, students build upon the knowledge learned in their discipline-based engineering courses, gaining a deeper understanding of those concepts through using engineering to teach fundamental science and math concepts to students in grades 3-6. While making engineering come alive to youth through classroom teaching, engineering students develop their own communication skills through practice, and become ambassadors for the engineering profession as they help youngsters imagine a bright future for themselves.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Zarske, M., & Sullivan, J. (2005, June), The K 12 Engineering Outreach Corps: A Service Learning Technical Elective Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14188

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