June 24, 2017
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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
STEM-Inc is a 3-year NSF ITEST project designed as an after-school program targeting 7th and 8th grade students from traditionally underrepresented groups in Anaheim, California. This project created a simulated technology business ‘incubator’ in an afterschool program for junior high school students at the Anaheim Union High School District. Its goal is to make middle school students and their parents aware of STEM career paths in addition to engage and attract the students to STEM fields and careers. To this end, the project focuses on getting the students involved in exciting real-world projects that involve Engineering, Computer Science and Business concepts.
Toward this goal, the Lean startup approach has been used as a tool to integrate informal STEM learning with Entrepreneurship practices. Lean startup is a method for developing businesses and products. It provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups; and has the potential for a startup company to deliver a desired product to its potential customers fast and effectively. Using Lean startup method, students in STEM-Inc worked in groups to complete their Engineering and Computer Science projects.
As a design and development project, research questions in STEM-Inc frame formative data collection and analysis to address aspects of the design that are succeeding and others that require revision. Summative measures focus on student learning outcomes, as well as student attitudes toward science and engineering and self-efficacy. Preliminary results from the first two years of STEM-Inc showed positive indicators in both formative and summative data, which supported the use of Lean startup method for integrating Engineering education with entrepreneurship practices.
Huang, J., & Jackson, J. B., & Nair, P., & Cox-Petersen, A. (2017, June), Using Lean Start-Up Approach to Integrate Engineering Education with Entrepreneurship Practices at Middle Schools Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29080
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