Much work has been done and is being done to increase the number of and diversity of students choosing an engineering career pathway. Evaluation has demonstrated how various curricular and programmatic interventions have been successful at improving students’ attitudes and beliefs about engineering. However, the numbers of students choosing engineering career pathways has not seen any significant change.
In this interactive training session, Dr. Hynes will present his hypothesis that current engineering education outreach activities have done a great job at appealing to students’ situational interests, but have not done as well in appealing to diverse students’ personal interests. This day-long training session will include discussion of data from studies on students’ interests and understandings of engineering, a framework for engineering activities that integrate students’ personal interests, rich examples of such activities, and a working demonstration of one activity in action with a group of pre-college students. One continuing education unit credit will be awarded.
|Agenda (to date)|
|Time||Educators Agenda||Student Agenda|
|9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Registration||Registration|
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Opening Lecture||Pre-Activity|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Student Observation/Interaction||Project|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch||Lunch|
|1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.||Student Observation/Interaction||Project|
|3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.||Closing Lecture||Presentation Prep|
|3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Observation||Final Presentations|