Multi-university precollege outreach from a renewable energy focused engineering research center

Keith Holbert, Kristen Molyneaux, Lisa L. Grable, Patricia Dixon

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Abstract

The precollege program in the NSF-supported Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center is in its third year with over 100 participants in the first two years at three university campuses. The precollege programs consist of (1) a Research Experience for Teachers, (2) a Young Scholars commuter program for high school students, and (3) summer science camps for middle school students. An Each One Mentor One approach is implemented which links mentorship between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, and high school and middle school students. Program assessment results show that teachers now have an increased interest in research on how math and science can be applied, and the teachers feel more confident in talking to their students about future careers in the field of engineering. The precollege program has motivated both the high school and middle school students to study harder, and while high school students are more confident they will enroll in an engineering degree program, they are not as confident that they will complete an engineering degree.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 - Rapid City, SD, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2011Nov 15 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRapid City, SD
Period10/12/1111/15/11

Keywords

  • K-12 engineering education
  • precollege education
  • research experience for teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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