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Yess Young Engineers And Scientists Seminars

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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K-12 Poster Session

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10.1481.1 - 10.1481.13



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Jeannie Brown Leonard

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Taryn Bayles

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YESS -- Young Engineers Seminar Series

Taryn Melkus Bayles Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Anne M. Spence Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Maryland Baltimore County

Jeannie Brown Leonard Department of Counseling and Personnel Services University of Maryland College Park


The Young Engineers and Scientists Seminars (YESS) program targets gifted high school students from the Baltimore/Washington areas who have a strong aptitude in the engineering and science fields. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School teachers are asked to nominate students for participation in the program. This program was founded in 2002 and is funded by the Historical Electronics Museum with a grant from the Northrop Grumman Corporation. Speakers in the YESS have presented on topics as diverse as plasma physics, stealth radar, biomedical imagery, super computers/micro technology, aeronautical engineering, astrophysics and satellite reconnaissance.

This year, the program has been revised from a strictly seminar series, to a hands-on program designed to help students understand the engineering method. In seven sessions, students learn how to go from theory to modeling, designing, building, and testing. The hands-on project is the modeling and design of a hot air balloon, which students built and tested. The hot air balloon had to meet specific size, cost, time aloft and payload criteria. The program is a scaled-down version of the Introduction to Engineering course that the authors teach at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. At each seminar, the high school students learn engineering fundamentals that relate to their design project and participate in hands-on activities and competitions. The students compete for prizes provided by Northrop Grumman. In most of the sessions, a technical expert presents material on topics related to their design project; examples include: the Engineering Method, Buoyancy, Materials Testing and Properties, and Computer Modeling Techniques. Monetary awards were made as part of the final hot air balloon competition. Pre and post surveys for assessing the effectiveness of the YESS program were compiled and will be presented at the ASEE Annual Conference in June 2005.


The Mission of the Historical Electronics Museum is to educate industry, government, students and the general public on the evolution and the importance of defense and commercial

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Brown Leonard, J., & Bayles, T., & Spence, A. (2005, June), Yess Young Engineers And Scientists Seminars Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14389

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