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ERIC Number: EJ1058158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessment of an Engineering Technology Outreach Program for 4th-7th Grade Girls
Dell, Elizabeth M.; Christman, Jeanne; Garrick, Robert D.
American Journal of Engineering Education, v2 n1 p19-34 2011
This paper describes a workshop led by female Engineering Technology students, with support from female faculty, to provide an introduction to Engineering Technology to 4th-7th grade girls through a series of interactive laboratory experiments. This outreach program was developed to improve attitudes towards science and engineering in middle school-aged girls by making science tangible and fun. The workshop takes place on a college campus and makes use of four different Engineering Technology laboratories. Each lab activity includes a hands-on experiment, beginning with an overview of the engineering technology discipline and a brief description of the theories related to the experiment. The day culminates with a panel session between the participants and the college students. An ancillary outcome of the program is that it serves as a community building event for female Engineering Technology college students. Connections are developed between the students and between students and faculty in the college. The college students gain the satisfaction of influencing the attitudes of participants and develop critical communication skills. An attitude survey given to participants before and after the workshop shows that participation in these workshops results in a more positive attitude towards science and technology. College student volunteers were also surveyed after the workshop to determine the impact of their participation. A full workshop description is given in this paper as well as analysis of the assessment results for the participants and the college students.
Descriptors: Females, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Engineering Education, Women Faculty, Laboratory Experiments, Outreach Programs, STEM Education, Middle School Students, Science Interests, Student Interests, Workshops, College School Cooperation, Hands on Science, College Students, Student Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Bachelors Degrees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York