June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Using Sports to Attract Young Women into EngineeringEngineering, science and technology are used extensively in sports - from equipment design,increasing athletic performance, safety, health benefits and enjoyment, to preventing injury andassuring equity and longevity in sports. Yet for some individuals, sports and recreation may beassociated with the word “fun”, while science, math and engineering may be equated with thewords “hard” or “difficult”. Get SSET (Sport Science, Engineering and Technology) was firstdeveloped in 2003 as an innovative week-long summer residential sports engineering academyfor girls entering grades 9 through 11. The academy has been conducted at the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and the University of San Diego.The academy focuses on empowering female students with technical skills and success strategiesthrough exciting sports STEM lectures and hands-on activities in a gender-neutral environment.A key component of the program is that instructors are university faculty and/or professionals insports science, engineering or math. The on-campus environment is used as a stimulus to excitestudents about college/university education and an engineering, science, math or technologyrelated career.The presentation and paper will cover best practices developed over the past nine years,including academy logistics (funding, costs, “after-hour” classroom engagement, studentselection criteria, academy schedule of activities) and share the variety of classroom content thathas been used. For example, past academies have included design methodology for an equestriansaddle for a paraplegic, athletic footwear design for a triathlete, and wind tunnel testing ofstudent redesigned cycling helmets for drag reduction. Additionally, a summary of studentlongitudinal tracking, student evaluations and parent surveys (conducted 2-4 months after theacademy) will be provided.In sports engineering it is critical to understand and embrace physiological differencesthroughout the human life cycle (age), for both genders and for varying physical abilities anddisabilities. This theme has been used throughout the academy to emphasize that understandingdiversity is critical in obtaining good sports engineering solutions.
Pallis, J. M., & McNitt-Gray, J. L. (2013, June), Using Sports to Attract Young Women into Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22724
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