On May 18th, David Heil and Mia Jackson represented Family Engineering at NSTA’s STEM Forum & Expo in Atlantic City, NJ. Click on the image below to view slides from their presentation: STEM Explorations for Elementary Children and Their Parents.
The University of Florida Transportation Research Center (TRC), in conjunction with the WTS UF Student Chapter and UF ITE Student Chapter, hosted an informal engineering education program in February at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Alachua County, named “Family Engineering Night.” Seventy-three families attended, with a total count of 120 elementary-age children participating in the activities. The event was sponsored by the University of Florida College of Engineering and the City of Gainesville.
Student chapter volunteers from both WTS and ITE actively engaged elementary-aged children and their families in fun, hands-on engineering activities. Family engineering activities were designed to be team driven by children aged 7-12 and their parents, or other adult caregiver. By showing interest and exploring engineering with their children, parents and other caregivers can positively influence a child’s attitude about engineering, as well as encourage their children to consider engineering as possible career.
Both WTS and ITE student chapters have adopted the Family Engineering Night program as part of their outreach activities and plan to host additional Family Engineering Nights at local elementary schools.
Photos: Amy Elizabeth Photography
Students and their families from Mari-Linn School in Lyons, Oregon enjoyed their first-ever “Family Science & Engineering Night” last month. Teacher Cathy Griswold spearheaded the effort, setting up hands-on activities in the school’s gym for the multi-generational participants to explore and enjoy. Read more
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A group of six students from the MTU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter headed to Grand Rapids, MI on May 4th to make 15 presentations at Burton Middle School. The students reached nearly 500 students in Grades 6-8. They also met with Hispanic high school students to discuss college options and possible majors and careers. Joan Chadde, Education/Outreach Program Coordinator at the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at MTU has been ”coaching” this group of SHPE students for the past month to prepare for their presentations.
Uziel Mendez, the coordinator of this outreach effort and president of the MTU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter, participated in a Family Engineering workshop held by Tau Beta Pi this past semester. Most of the participating SHPE students presented at Family Science & Engineering Nights held during the past school year. The MTU – SHPE students are now ready to reach out to Hispanic middle and high school students.