June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Women in Engineering
Due to an aging National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD), and US Aerospace Industry workforce, as well as the need to improve diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, the US has made concerted efforts to grow the STEM pipeline. This national priority is informed by the fact that advancements and innovations in STEM fields are indicative of a growing and progressive society; for political, technological, and economic reasons, among others, it is critical that the US maintain leadership in these arenas. As the result of a shared interest in STEM outreach and education, a group of women representing academia and a non-profit national defense organization, have partnered to enable the design and development of STEM tools that are subsequently donated to Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) classrooms for their continued use. STEM tools allow for tactile learning of subject matter often presented in a solely theoretical manner. The effort, referred to as the STEM initiative (STEMi), partners a Capstone Design Class (CDC) instructor at The University of STATE in CITY (USC) and representatives from Women in AAA (WIAAA). STEMi originated within WIAAA as a means to encourage primary and secondary education students to take an interest in STEM subject matter and, ultimately, pursue higher education in STEM fields. The USC CDC focuses upon Product Realization, whereby engineering students design and develop a product that meets customer requirements. The STEMi effort enables the USC students to create STEM tools under the guidance and support of representatives from WIAAA. The present paper will describe the STEM tool development process and assess the educational impact of the resulting STEM tools upon the K-12 students, as well as the impact of participating in a STEMi design project upon the USC students.
Carmen, C. L., & Fraley, D. L. (2017, June), Women Building the US STEM Pipeline Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29135
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