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Strimel, Greg J.; Kim, Eunhye; Bosman, Lisa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Competitive growth in today's economy requires engineers to possess innovation skills to create novel designs. An entrepreneurial mindset enables people to think and then act in a certain way to discover, evaluate, and exploit opportunities by understanding the value proposition of a new idea, identifying the potential market, and adapting ideas…
Descriptors: Design, Engineering Education, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Schilling, Malle; Pinnell, Margaret – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
In the present day, it is not uncommon for there to be a class full of engineering students with very few women among them. To combat this lack of gender diversity, colleges and universities have employed outreach programs and developed summer engagement opportunities that allow women to explore engineering before they graduate high school. The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy, Creativity
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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; Su├írez, 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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Huang, Shaobo; Mejia, Joel Alejandro; Becker, Kurt; Neilson, Drew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Improving high school physics teaching and learning is important to the long-term success of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Efforts are currently in place to develop an understanding of science among high school students through formal and informal educational experiences in engineering design activities…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Physics, Academic Standards
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Lawanto, Oenardi; Butler, Deborah; Cartier, Sylvie C.; Santoso, Harry B.; Goodridge, Wade; Lawanto, Kevin N.; Clark, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2013
The objective of this exploratory study was to describe patterns in self-regulated learning (SRL) for both high school students and college freshmen while engaged in a design activity. The main research question guiding this study was: How did high school and first-year college students self-regulate their approaches to learning when engaged in an…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Metacognition, High School Students, College Freshmen
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Goonatilake, Rohitha; Bachnak, Rafic A. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
Recent decline of students pursuing engineering degree programs is a great concern for many higher education authorities including Federal and State governments. Existing programs in high schools have not yet produced the desired results. Consequently, a number of initiatives to remedy this situation have been proposed and implemented. One such…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, High School Students, Middle School Students, Workshops
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Rutz, Eugene; Shafer, Michelle – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2011
Students at an all-girls high school who were enrolled in an introduction to engineering course were presented an engineering case study to determine if the case study affected their attitudes toward engineering and their abilities to solve engineering problems. A case study on power plants was implemented during a unit on electrical engineering.…
Descriptors: Engineering, Communication Skills, High School Students, Case Studies
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Zhe, Jiang; Doverspike, Dennis; Zhao, Julie; Lam, Paul; Menzemer, Craig – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer Bridge Program was developed for high school students. The program was designed to encourage students to consider choosing an engineering major in college and to explore STEM as a future career. This was accomplished through a 10-week program involving multidisciplinary research activities.…
Descriptors: High School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, Engineering Education
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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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Bachman, Nancy J.; Bischoff, Paul J.; Gallagher, Hugh; Labroo, Sunil; Schaumloffel, John C. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
Now in its fourth year, PR[superscript 2]EPS is a National Science Foundation funded initiative designed to recruit high school students to attend college majoring in the physical sciences, including engineering and secondary science education, and to help ensure their retention within the program until graduation. A central feature of the…
Descriptors: Student Recruitment, Engineering Education, Summer Programs, Science Activities
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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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Reid, Kenneth J.; Feldhaus, Charles R. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2007
The implementation of pre-engineering, standard curricula in K-12 schools is growing at a rapid pace. One such curriculum model, Project Lead the Way, consists of six standardized courses requiring significant training for teachers, specified laboratory equipment, standard topics, exams, etc. Schools implementing Project Lead the Way implement an…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Engineering Education, Performance Factors, Curriculum Implementation
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Diefes-Dux, Heidi A.; Hjalmarson, Margret; Zawojewski, Judith S.; Bowman, Keith – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
Model-eliciting activities (MEA), specially designed client-drive, open-ended problems, have been implemented in a first-year engineering course and in secondary schools. The educational goals and settings are different, but the design of an MEA enables it to be versatile. This paper will introduce the reader to the principles that guide MEA…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Scientific Principles, Engineering Education, College Students
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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