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Ilumoka, Abby; Milanovic, Ivana; Grant, Natalie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This article reflects upon an investigative study of the powerful impact that mentoring partnerships have on pre-college students and young engineering professionals in Hartford, CT. It was found that these partnerships can provide very strong foundations for a diverse pre-college student engineering pipeline that includes significant numbers of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Females, STEM Education, Minority Group Students
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Dika, Sandra L.; Alvarez, Jaquelina; Santos, Jeannette; Suárez, Oscar Marcelo – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Interest in engineering at early stages of the educational career is one important precursor to choosing to study engineering in college, and engineering-related clubs are designed to foster such interest and diversify the engineering pipeline. In this study, the researchers employed a social cognitive career theory framework to examine level of…
Descriptors: Social Cognition, Engineering Education, Vocational Interests, Expectation
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Gilliam, Melissa; Bouris, Alida; Hill, Brandon; Jagoda, Patrick – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) are multiplayer role-playing games that use the real world as their primary platform and incorporate a range of media, including video, audio, email, mobile technologies, websites, live performance, and social networks. This paper describes the development, implementation, and player reception of "The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Games, Computer Games, Computer Simulation
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Elam, Matthew E.; Donham, Brent L.; Soloman, Stephanie R. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
A two-week summer program designed to promote interest and learning in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields is documented. The program included a week-long engineering emphasis. Students and teachers from ten rural and financially disadvantaged school districts participated in the program. Three middle school and…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, STEM Education, Engineering, Disadvantaged Schools
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Mosley, Pauline Helen; Liu, Yun; Hargrove, S. Keith; Doswell, Jayfus T. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
This paper gives an overview of a new pre-engineering program--Robotics Technician Curriculum--that uses robots to solicit underrepresented students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The curriculum uses a project-based learning environment, which consists of part lecture and part laboratory. This program…
Descriptors: Career Development, Student Projects, Evaluators, Peer Evaluation
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Yelamarthi, Kumar; Mawasha, P. Ruby – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
This paper summarizes the findings of a twenty year old pre-engineering program that is aimed at improving both the recruitment and retention of under-represented students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Wright Science Technology and Engineering Preparatory Program (STEPP) was initiated in 1988 for…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, First Generation College Students, Program Effectiveness
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Lam, Paul C.; Srivatsan, Tirumalai; Doverspike, Dennis; Vesalo, John; Mawasha, P. Ruby – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
This paper summarizes the findings of a ten year study on a Pre-Engineering program aimed at dramatically improving both the recruitment and retention of under-represented students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The University of Akron. The primary goal of this study was to evaluate The University of…
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering, Engineering Education, Disproportionate Representation