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Visioneering – Designing the Future Betsy F. Willis, Ph.D. School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University
Science Fair meets rock concert meets a day at the mall meets sporting event….welcome to Visioneering. Visioneering is an annual engineering outreach event and TV show produced in conjunction with National Engineers Week. The goal of Visioneering is to excite K-12 students about science, math, engineering and technology in a high-energy, high-impact atmosphere. Visioneering brings together students, educators, higher education, and industry. Now in its 5th year, Visioneering has grown from a live event for 250 middle school students to a by-invitation- only for 500 middle school students and a TV show that reaches upwards of 8 million students across the U.S. Each year, Visioneering has a unique theme that relates engineering to an exciting, often unlikely industry. The live event includes an Opening Rally, during which participants hear from high-energy, inspirational speakers; a Design Project, in which student teams led by an engineer create a conceptual design; a Tech Expo that showcases the latest technology; and an Awards Ceremony that recognizes the top student designs. The Telly Award winning TV show, aired on Cable Channel One, is a compilation of footage from the live event as well as pre-shot footage. Each year, over half of the students attending are female and over half are blacks and Hispanics. Visioneering receives rave reviews from students, educators, and industry – 92-100% of participants would tell a friend about it.
Visioneering: Designing the Future is a signature National Engineers Week event which promotes math, science, engineering, and technology in a high-energy atmosphere. Visioneering is listed among the official activities on the E-Week website, and the live event is north Texas’ largest National Engineers Week event.
Goal of Visioneering:
To excite students about science, math, engineering and technology in a high-energy, high-impact atmosphere.
Visioneering is unique from other engineering programs targeting middle school students in that (1) the event takes place in a high energy atmosphere; (2) no advanced preparation is required; and (3) it is comprised of a live event and a TV show. Visioneering brings together students, educators, the engineering industry, and higher education to celebrate the ways engineers make a difference. Students have the opportunity to ‘play engineer for the day.’
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Willis, B. (2005, June), Visioneering Designing The Future Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/15509
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