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IEEE Pre-University Education Activities Include
IEEE EAB Meeting
IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities
Douglas Gorham
17 February 2007
1
Pre-University Education Focus
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Objectives
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Increase the propensity of young people
worldwide to select Engineering as a career
path
Build a sustained public awareness program,
led by IEEE, with broad support of
corporations and professional associations
Emphasis on programs for the adults who
influence students, e.g., school
counselors and teachers
2
The Need
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Industry representatives contacted by
IEEE expressed serious worries about
the decreasing propensity of young
students to choose education programs
that would enable future engineering
studies and subsequent engineering
careers.
3
The Need Cont’d
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The perception of young people and those
who influence them is critical to the future
of the engineering profession. According
to the National Academy of Engineering,
there are misconceptions that obscure
both the contributions of engineers and
the skills and competencies that define
the engineering discipline. These
misconceptions discourage many talented
young people, especially women and
other under-represented groups, from
considering an engineering career.
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1999
2000
2001
38.5
38.9
2003
24.6
14.8
16.2
25
16.4
17.4
2002
Science degrees include life sciences,
physical sciences, mathematics, statistics,
computer sciences, engineering,
manufacturing, and building
30.8
31.1
25.9
15.7
14.9
15.9
15
24.2
31
31.5
38.4
39.5
15.8
13
32.5
28.2
38.4
18.4
15.6
32.4
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50
45
40
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
41.8
Percentage of Undergraduate
Science Degrees Awarded
South Korea
Germany
Czech Rep.
USA
Norway
2004
Source: Organization of
Economic Cooperation and
Development
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The Perception:
From Collegeboard.com: Law
It helps to be…
Are you ready
to…
fascinated by the
relationship between
law and society
engage in intense
discussion of
thorny legal
problems ?
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From Collegeboard.com:
Broadcast Journalism
It helps to be…
Are you ready to…
sharp of mind and
quick of tongue
learn how to find
and interview
sources?
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From Collegeboard.com:
Civil Engineering
It helps to be…
Are you ready to…
A problem-solver
who’s creative,
curious, logical, and a
fan of math.
Spend hours and
hours working on
problem sets and
design projects?
8
From Collegeboard.com:
Mechanical Engineering
It helps to be…
Are you ready to…
A fan of science and
math, a creative
problem solver, and
someone who likes to
take things apart to find
out how they work.
Rely on your math
skills? Master
difficult scientific
concepts? Take on a
heavy course load?
Spend five years as
an undergrad…
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From Collegeboard.com:
Electrical Engineering
It helps to be…
Are you ready to…
A fan of science and
math who’s curious
about the way things
work
Spend hours
building detailed,
complicated
systems
Try, try, and try
again when at first a
project doesn’t
succeed
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:
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VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:
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
VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
12
Volunteers TryScience (VolTS)
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VolTS addresses the need for content experts
to volunteer in informal education settings
Working with the NY Hall of Science and the
Association of Science-Technology Centers
(ASTC)
Goals include:
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Increasing knowledge and skills of volunteer
coordinators in museums
Support scientists and engineers
Increase the quantity and quality of volunteer
commitments
Develop a recognition program for volunteers
13
VolTS Cont’d
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IEEE volunteers participated in focus
groups in 2006
Recognition program includes:
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IEEE EAB Meritorious Award in Informal
Education, approved in November 2006
Develop a VolTS Award Certificate to be
used by volunteer coordinators worldwide
Generate a letter to a Volunteer’s Employer
acknowledging their contribution
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:
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
VolTS project with the NY Hall of Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University Engineering
Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
15
TISP Basics
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IEEE Section engineers develop and
present technology-oriented concepts and
projects to local pre-university educators
Started at the Florida West Coast Section
in 2001
Lesson plans in English and Spanish for
teachers and engineers
Lesson plans matched to educational
standards
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Summary of TISP 2001-2006
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52 TISP presentations have taken place,
led by IEEE volunteers, in Malaysia, South
Africa and the US
Over 1250 pre-university educators have
participated, representing more than
135,000 students
More than 90% of the attendees indicated
that they would use the concepts
presented in their classroom instruction
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Sample TISP Topics
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“Everything You Wanted to Know About
Electric Motors But Were Afraid to Ask”
“Rocket Cars and Newton’s Laws”
“Rotational Equilibrium: A Question of
Balance”
“Effective Lighting”
“Get Connected with Ohm’s Law”
“Design and Build Your Own Robot Arm”
“Learn to Program and Test Robots for
Classroom Use”
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What did we do in 2006?
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5 TISP training workshops were held in 2006
for Sections in: Region 1 (Boston), Region 3
(Memphis), Region 4 (Indianapolis), Cape
Town, South Africa and Putrajaya, Malaysia
Over 330 people attended these training
sessions representing 36 IEEE Sections.
More than 900 teachers have participated in an
IEEE volunteer led TISP presentation in 2006
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What will we do in 2007?
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Expand to
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Region 2 (Baltimore or Philadelphia)
Region 5 (Dallas)–13-14 July
Region 9 (Peru and Argentina)
Region 10 (Hong Kong/Macau?)
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:






VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
21
ASCE/ASME/IEEE/JETS Partnership
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In 2000 IEEE and ASME formed a partnership to
promote technological literacy, funded by grants
from the United Engineering Foundation.
IEEE is the PI and fiscal agent
In 2002 ASCE joined our collaboration
In 2007 JETS joined our collaboration
This collaboration is designed to help preuniversity teachers, school counselors, students
and engineers in the field use the materials from all
organizations to strengthen science, mathematics
and technology education
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ASCE/ASME/IEEE/JETS
Partnership Cont’d
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We have formed a partnership with NACAC and
ASCA to assist school counselors
We have developed print materials for educators
outlining the resources of each society
Since 2000 we have directly impacted over 13,000
engineers and more than 7000 educators in
workshops, exhibits, webinars and presentation
sessions at engineering and educator meetings
In 2007 we will:
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develop professional development modules for school
counselors focusing on engineering as a career option
Conduct training workshops for volunteers
Conduct professional development workshops for
educators
Make presentations and sponsor
exhibits at educator
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conferences
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:






VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
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“Meeting the Growing Demand for
Engineers and Their Educators
2010-2020”
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First time event
To be held on 9-11 November 2007 in
Munich, Germany
100-125 attendees is our goal
Attendees from industry,
government, professional societies,
pre-university education and
academia
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Objectives and Outcomes
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Objectives
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bring together
representatives of the
various organizations with
decision making ability;
understand who are the
customers and
constituents;
understand pre-university
education trends in
various areas of the world,
and
generate an “inventory” of
effective activities.
Outcomes
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identify and agree on a set
of action items;
identify opportunities for
collaboration;
develop an action plan to
accomplish the purposes
of the Summit;
institutionalize identified
practices; and
disseminate opportunities
for collaboration.
Create a Planning Committee
Arthur Winston, chair
Moshe Kam
Fanny Klett
David Janosz (PreUniversity teacher)
Rolf Remshardt
Volker Schanz (VDE)
Victor Fouad Hanna
(SEE)
Gerald Anleitner
Andreas Luxa
Douglas Gorham
Michael Schanz (VDE)
Jessica Czeczuga
Charles Turner
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Tentative Program
10 November
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11 November
Plenary: What is the status of
the engineering workforce: an
industry perspective
Plenary: What is the status of
the supply and demand of preuniversity science,
technology, engineering and
mathematics educators: a Preuniversity education
perspective
Paper session
Breakout groups
Poster session
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Plenary: What is the role of
academia and professional
societies in addressing the
issues associated with
developing future engineers
and pre-university educators
in science, technology,
engineering and
mathematics?
Paper sessions
Development of a roadmap
(Breakout groups)
Next steps, summary and
outlook
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Including future gatherings
IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:
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




VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
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TryEngineering.org
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Launched on 5 June 2006
Full scale version for the US and Canada is on
line
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Including a very active “ask an engineer” section
Newsletters in English and Spanish
Our portal has become the premier resource for
pre-university education on the web
Visitors come from the US, India, China, Canada,
Austria, UK and scores of other countries
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Major Sections
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Life of an Engineer
Become an Engineer
Find a University
Lesson Plans
Ask an Expert
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Ask an engineer
Ask an undergraduate
student
Play Games
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Major Plans
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University Search feature expanded: Australia,
France, Germany, Korea, Pakistan, New Zealand,
South Africa, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil,
United Kingdom and Japan
Non-English versions: Spanish, French,
Japanese, Russian, German, and Chinese
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Usability study
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A new original game
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A newsletter in French
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TryEngineering.org– some stats
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As of 29 January 2007:
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17,303 = average # of visitors per month
25- 47 minutes= average time range a
visitor spends on the site
74,931 = average # of page hits per month
2,936 = average number of university
searches per month
8,243= average number of lesson plans
downloaded per month
659 = questions submitted to Ask an Expert
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Thousands
TryEngineering.org
Visitors per Month
2006
50
45
40
35
30
Total
25
Avg
20
16103
15
10
5
0
5133
6271
9293
7204
10786
12508
JUN-06
JUL-06
AUG-06
SEP-06
OCT-06
NOV-06
DEC-06
Total
5133
7409
9069
15560
16758
21116
37676
Avg
5133
6271
7204
9293
10786
12508
16103
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Thousands
TryEngineering.org
Hits per Month
2006
150
140
130
120
110
Total
100
Avg
90
80
72050
70
62107
56654
60
47167
50
40
64972
42361
35534
30
20
10
0
JUN-06
JUL-06
AUG-06
SEP-06
OCT-06
NOV-06
DEC-06
Total
35534
49187
56780
85116
83920
79296
114516
Avg
35534
42361
47167
56654
62107
64972
72050
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TryEngineering.org– summary
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Overall a major success story
Biggest advantage: a tangible public
service by IEEE to the pre-university
community
Biggest surprise: success of “ask an
engineer”
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IEEE Pre-University Education
Activities Include:






VolTS project with the NY Hall of
Science
Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE,
ASME and JETS
An International Pre-University
Engineering Education Summit
TryEngineering.org
Design Squad
39
Design Squad
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
Education Outreach to Introduce Young
Students to Engineering
a new, live-action reality TV series that debuts
nationwide on PBS stations during Engineers
Week 2007, aims to introduce nine- to 13year-olds and their families to the engineering
design process.
Two teams of high school students use their
problem-solving skills to design, construct,
and test an intriguing, fully operational and
unique engineering project.
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Design Squad Cont’d
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Hands-on activities that work in
conjunction with each episode will play
an integral role in the outreach
campaign.
EA is working with IEEE USA to
organize “train the trainer” workshops
Major funding provided by IEEE, Intel
and the National Science Foundation
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Questions? Comments?
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