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Design and Discovery Grant Report

Design and Discovery Grant Report



Grant report for SWE Columbia River for Design and Discovery

Grant report for SWE Columbia River for Design and Discovery



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  • DR 175 – “Design & Discovery” Presented by Diana Laboy-Rush President, Columbia River Section Program Development Grants Presentation SWE National Conference October 14, 2004
  • Design & Discovery Girl Scouts – Columbia River Council & SWE – Columbia River Section
  • Agenda
    • Program Goals and Objectives
    • Design and Discovery Program Overview
    • Three Phases of the Program
      • Phase 1 – Design & Discover Camps
      • Phase 2 – Project Work with Mentor
      • Phase 3 – Project Presentation and Demonstration
    • Results
      • Quantitative
      • Qualitative – “Why we do this…”
    • Publicity / Program Websites
  • Program Goals & Objectives
    • To encourage girls ages 12-15 to consider careers in engineering and technology , and take the appropriate " gate-keeper" math and science courses in high school.
    • Offer girls the opportunity to work on real world problems through interactive, collaborative, and team-based environments.
    • Introduce girls to a wide variety of engineering and technology based activities and related careers.
    • Encourage mentoring partnerships between girls and female role models active in the computer science, engineering and technology community.
    • Spark an interest in engineering through design projects developed by the girls, based upon needs relevant to their lives and experience.
    • Help girls have fun while developing skills and interests that will help them determine career paths.
    • Encourage girls' participation in local or regional science fairs in the engineering category.
  • Participants
    • Girls aged 12-16
      • girls must have completed 6th grade to participate
      • girls should have an interest engineering, math, design or science
      • girls DO NOT have to be current Girl Scout members
    • Adult Mentors
      • engineers or design professionals (female preferred)
      • 4-6 hours per month time commitment
      • must become a registered member and pass background check
    • Staff
      • engineers or design professionals (female preferred)
      • history of working with youth
      • passionate about design & engineering education
      • available for 80 hours over two weeks plus follow-up work
  • Design & Discovery Program Overview
    • Engineering & design program for girls 12-15
    • Two-week day camp and follow-up meetings
    • Six month mentorship with a working engineer
    • Girls complete an engineering project inspired by their own experiences
    • Girls present their projects to other girls at Girls Engineering Day and enter their projects in an ISEF affiliated science fair
  • Three Phases of the Program Project Work Period / Mentoring Experience: Girls work on projects with mentor and attend follow up sessions to keep on track with their projects Design and Discovery Camp: hands-on activities, field trips, and guest speakers to provide an immersive introduction to engineering and the design process. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Project Presentations: Girls present projects to younger girls (Girls Eng Day) and enter the Northwest Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Phase 1 - Design & Discovery Camps Locations Beaverton Police Activities League Portland State University School of Engineering and Computer Science, Ondine Hall Self Enhancement Inc. Dates July 7-18, 2003 July 28 - August 8, 2003 August 11 - 22, 2003
  • Phase 2- Project Work and Mentoring Period
    • Monthly enrichment workshops & follow-up meetings
    • Girls continue work on the engineering project they began in summer
    • Girls are matched with engineer mentors to advise on their projects
    • Girls help plan Girls Engineering Day at which they present their projects to younger girls
    • Girls are supported in entering their project in a science fair
    • Completion of the ENTIRE program earns the girls the Inventions & Inquiry IPP
    • Access to additional STEM activities
  • Phase 3 – Project Presentation and Demonstration
    • Girls Engineering Day,
      • February 14, 2004, 9am – 3pm at Portland State University
      • 7 D&D Girls presented projects to younger Girl Scouts
      • 411 Girl Scouts attended the event (waiting list of over 900)
    • Intel Northwest Science and Engineering Fair,
      • April 2, 2004, Portland State University
      • ~ 570 students competed in the fair.
      • ~ 295 high school students and 275 middle school students competed.
      • 5 Girls from Design and Discovery competed in NWSEF,
      • 3 received awards for their project presentation
    Girls Engineering Day
  • Quantifiable Results / Metrics
    • Forty-two girls participated in the summer day camps and completed preliminary project plans.
    • Twenty-two girls participated in two or more follow-up sessions.
    • Seven girls completed an engineering project and presented the project at Girls Engineering Day .
    • Five girls entered projects in the NW Science Expo , April 2, 2004.
      • Girls entered the Middle School Engineering, High School Engineering and High School Computer Science Categories.
      • One girl won first place in the High School Computer Science category
      • Two girls tied for third place in the Middle School Engineering category.
      • Other awards included the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, Young Engineer Award and the IEEE Oregon Outstanding Computer Engineering Project Award .
  • Qualitative Results “ Why we do this…”
    • Girls built confidence in their ability to solve problems
    • Girls developed a positive impression of math, science and engineering pursuits
    • Older girls shared their experience with younger girls
    • Girl Scouts won science fairs !
    • Program alumna continue to pursue STEM education opportunities
  • Publicity & Program Websites
    • Articles were published in several journals in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho
    • Fairplay: Design and Discovery
      • http:// www.engineergirls.org
    • Design and Discovery Curriculum & Resources
      • http:// www.intel.com /education/design/
  • Design & Discovery Girl Scouts – Columbia River Council & SWE – Columbia River Section