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Introducing High School Students to Engineering Fundamentals by Four Weeks Engineering Innovation Summer Program

Version 1 : Received: 11 June 2019 / Approved: 13 June 2019 / Online: 13 June 2019 (07:28:00 CEST)

How to cite: Tyagi, P.; Newman, C. Introducing High School Students to Engineering Fundamentals by Four Weeks Engineering Innovation Summer Program. Preprints 2019, 2019060111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0111.v1). Tyagi, P.; Newman, C. Introducing High School Students to Engineering Fundamentals by Four Weeks Engineering Innovation Summer Program. Preprints 2019, 2019060111 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0111.v1).

Abstract

Preparing high school students for engineering disciplines is crucial for sustainable scientific and technological developments in the USA. This paper discusses a pre-college program, which not only exposes students to various engineering disciplines but also enables them to consider engineering as the profession. The four-week long “Engineering Innovation (EI)” course is offered every year to high school students by the center of outreach, Johns Hopkins University. EI program is designed to develop problem-solving skills through extensive hands-on engineering experiments. A team consisting of an instructor, generally a PhD in Engineering, and a teaching fellow, generally a high school science teacher, closely work with students to pedagogically inculcate basics of core engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, electrical, materials, and chemical engineering. EI values independent problem-solving skills and simultaneously promote the team spirit among students. A number of crucial engineering aspects such as professional ethics, communications, technical writing, and understanding of common engineering principles are inculcated among high school students via well-designed individual and group activities. This paper discusses the model of EI program and its impact on students learning and their preparation for the engineering career.

Subject Areas

education; University of the District of Columbia; engineering education; summer program

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