June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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Coordination of Pre-College Summer Programs to Create a Pipeline into Biomedical Engineering Submitted to the ASEE Biomedical Engineering DivisionThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for_______________(ERC-___), the first ERC with _____________________ as the leadinstitution, has worked to establish Biomedical Engineering undergraduate and graduateprograms. Due to the ERC-___ faculty and staff’s commitment to education, they alsooffer impactful educational and outreach programming for pre-college and undergraduatestudents. The goal of all of these programs is to provide a unique experience thatincreases student exposure and positively influences perceptions of Science, Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), specifically engineering. The programs areintended to impacted students’ interest in STEM fields and decision to choose biomedicalengineering as a career.Outreach programs sponsored by the ERC-___ include: Bioengineering Recruiting AndInteractive Network (B.R.A.I.N.) Games/Black Family Technology Awareness (BFTA)Day, Bioengineering Institute, Young Scholars Program (YSP), and ResearchExperiences for Undergraduates (REU). B.R.A.I.N. Games and BFTA are very similarone day events that provide hands-on engineering activities to middle and high schoolstudents. The Bioengineering Institute is a week long day camp for high school studentsexposing them to concepts in biomedical engineering and particularly tissue engineeringusing hands-on, small group activities. YSP is a six-week intense research experience forrising 11th and 12th grade students which places them in research laboratories withuniversity professors. The REU program is a bioengineering based program that matchesparticipants with university professors and other summer program participants. All of theprograms are assessed via some of the following methods: satisfaction questionnaires,content assessments, focus groups, and laboratory observations. The summer programsrecently completed their fifth year, with assessment data showing participants exhibitingincreased STEM content knowledge as well as a desire to enter STEM fields as a chosencareer. It is also notable that many pre-college students participated in multipleprograms, which has created a pipeline of students and particularly Under RepresentedMinorities (URM) going into undergraduate STEM majors.This paper fully describes the education and outreach activities within the NSF ERC-____ including assessments from these individual programs and highlights of studentswho have been recruited into the Biomedical Engineering department through theirparticipation in outreach programs. It will also share a discussion of the effects of thepipeline created at ___________, which is a direct result of the refined infrastructure andinterconnectedness of the programs and its participants. The paper will be especiallyhelpful for those interested in conducting biomedical engineering themed outreach for theK-14 populations.
McCullough, M. B. A., & Lambeth, C., & Dunn, D. O., & Pai, D. M., & Sankar, J. (2014, June), Work In Progress: Coordination of Pre-College Summer Programs to Create a Pipeline into Biomedical Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23315
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