Understanding K–12 Engineering Outreach Programs

TitleUnderstanding K–12 Engineering Outreach Programs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsJeffers, AT, Safferman, AG, Safferman, SI
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsCOLLEGE , continuing , ENGINEERING , Mathematics , OUTREACH , PUBLIC , Schools
AbstractThe United States relies on technology. To continue the development of new and the expansion of existing technologies requires a strong background in science, math, and engineering. Because students are falling behind in these areas, many universities are attempting to reverse this trend and attract more students to their engineering programs through outreach programs. These outreach efforts can take a variety of forms, with the simplest being the development of classroom and web-based materials. Outreach programs can also include professional development programs, engineering contests, on-campus activities, activities at schools, and the sponsorship of teaching fellows and service learning programs. Programs can be directed at preservice teachers, teachers, and/or students as well as specific groups such as females or minorities. The programs may occur throughout the school year or during summer vacations. Personnel presenting the outreach programs can include older K–12 students, teachers, college students, and/or university professors. 
NotesJeffers, Andrew T. 1; Email Address: Andrew.Jeffers@wpafb.af.mil Safferman, Angela G. 2; Email Address: angelasafferman@hotmail.com Safferman, Steven I. 3; Email Address: Steven.Safferman@notes.udayton.edu; Affiliation: 1: Environmental Engineer, Aeronautical Systems Center, Engineering Directorate, 1801 Tenth St., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5746 2: Self-Employed Environmental Science Contractor, 30 Terradyne Trace, Springboro, OH 45066 3: Associate Professor, Univ. of Dayton, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0243; Source Info: Apr2004, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p95; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: OUTREACH programs; Subject Term: CONTINUING education; Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: MATHEMATICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Public information programs; Author-Supplied Keyword: Schools; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611430 Professional and Management Development Training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624110 Child and Youth Services; Number of Pages: 14p; Illustrations: 2 Charts; Document Type: Article