June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Using Social Networking to Mentor 9th-grade Girls for Academic Success and Engineering Career Awareness1. Summary: EMERGE (http://www.rose-prism.org/emerge) is a mentoring program to enhance both careerawareness and academic achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fordisadvantaged 9th grade girls. Our goal is to nurture persistence and academic achievement ineconomically/culturally disadvantaged female learners. Our mission is to increase diversity in STEMprofessions. The talk includes two components:1.1 Program Overview: EMERGE partners 9th-grade girls with XXXX women students for the duration ofan academic year. A well-defined treatment ensures that the dominant tenor of the tele-mentoring is academicachievement, while – at the same time – sustaining the excitement of exploring STEM. The multi-facetedtreatment can best be summarized through a graphic (see figure below). Area C: Camaraderie lies at the heart of this program. Though most of the interaction takes place in small learning communities, the program also establishes a group identity through EMERGE logos on shirts, backpacks, and school supplies. Creating a cohesive group with a positive image for STEM alleviates many of the negative peer-pressures that permeate high school cultures. Area A: Each small group (~ eight girls and one mentor) complete a library of problem-based “challenges” featuring topics that mirror the workplace. Students learn techniques for spatial/visual, temporal, quantitative, and probabilistic thinking within these active learning modules. Area B: As-needed help with specific homework issues. Our mentors focus on STEM subjects, but also help with otherdisciplines. Additionally, the mentors provide advice and practice sessions for taking college admissions tests(such as PSAT, SAT, and ACT).Area D: Day-long field trips to near-by high-tech organizations (e.g. Crane Naval Weapons Center, CookUrological, IU Medical School) help to contextualize STEM learning. Rather than simple walk-throughs, welook for venues where a concentration of XXXX alumni employees can engage the students with hands-onactivities. We supplement these trips with online awareness materials from the Society of Women Engineers(SWE) and from Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).1.2 Assessment: Methods for collecting data are included in the talk. We focus on the first cohort of youngwomen (who spent academic year 2008 -2009) with the program to illustrate efficacy. Of the 35 originalparticipants, 33 graduated from high school in May 2012. Thirty-two completed a 34-item exit survey – 18questions asked for quantitative answers; 16 were qualitative / opinion. Results from the quantitative portionsuggest that the EMERGE cohort was above average for all WVHS women graduating in 2012.Of special note, there is some evidence that the content emphasized in the field trip / learning modules of2008-2009 had an effect on career choices. For the first cohort, we worked with Cook Urological andWomen’s Heath to showcase STEM in medicine and health. A group of RHIT alumni/ae at the Spencer, INfacility took us under their wing and helped with a mini-curriculum for life science activities, including a day-long field trip.Of the 22 EMERGE participants who answered the fill-in question “What are your plans after high schoolgraduation?,” 21 will go on to post-secondary education; one will join the military. This represents ~ 65% ofthe total sample of 33 respondents. Of the 21 electing for post-secondary education, 14 specifically indicateda health or medical-related career choice. (One will attend XXXX, majoring in bio-medical engineering.)Therefore, of those answering this question, 65% selected a career allied with one of the treatment’s majorthemes.
Carlson, P., & Smith, R., & Davidson, M. R. (2013, June), Using Social Networking to Mentor 9th-grade Girls for Academic Success and Engineering Career Awareness Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22722
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