Sustainable Engineering Outreach Programs through University, Industry, and Non-governmental Organization Partnerships


The Samueli School of Engineering and Base 11, aim to increase the number of students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups who receive baccalaureate degrees in engineering by partnering with high schools, community colleges, non-governmental organization (NGOs), and industry. Using the social innovation framework for collective impact, this partnership has resulted in the creation of the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy for high schools and community colleges across the nation.

Adapted from the University of California, Irvine’s first-year engineering course, the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy is a program that engages high school and community college students in engineering by learning to build autonomous systems such as a drone. Students also develop essential 21st century skills for the STEM workforce. Implementing the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy relies on five pillars of success: common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. This session will share: 1) framework used to develop the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy; 2) program results around the learning objectives and student success; and 3) recommendations and challenges using the collective impact framework to design outreach programs for community college students will also be discussed. At the end of the session, participants will have an outline they can take back to their organization to cultivate a collective impact effort across multiple partners.

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