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ERIC Number: ED203780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 9
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Career Access Models: The Philadelphia Minorities in Engineering Consortium.
McLaughlin, W. Barry
The Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering (PRIME) program, a nonprofit consortium of colleges, public schools, business/industry, government, and community agencies, is described. The pre-engineering program begins in the seventh grade and continues to track students through their college years. At the middle schools, information, motivation, and enrichment activities are stressed, while at the senior high schools, skill development in mathematics, science, and communication are emphasized. To bridge the gap between the theory of the classroom and work world, each PRIME school is adopted by a business or government office that provides field trips, speakers, role models, audiovisual presentations, and demonstrations. Generally, each designated school has a PRIME team composed of a science, mathematics, and English teacher. Classroom visits by an industry representative, preferably a working engineer, introduce students to the work of the company, to engineering in general, or to a particular engineering specialty. The representative may also confer with PRIME teachers regarding engineering concepts, to assist in judging student engineering projects, or to plan the two field trips. Each summer a select group of post-eighth graders spends a month on one of the four university campuses, rotating each year. Students receive a sequqntial set of skill building activities that involve both hands-on and simulated projects. Lessons in computer science begin in the eighth grade. At the end of the 12th grade, students who elect to attend engineering school are placed in industrial internships or are enrolled in a prefreshman collegiate program. Information on program enrollment and organization is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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