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NCC STEM Outreach Presentation



Overview of STEM Outreach at Normandale Community College

Overview of STEM Outreach at Normandale Community College



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    • STEM Outreach at Normandale Community College Summer 2008 – Winter 2010
    • Background
      • Normandale instructors train in Project Lead the Way curriculum (2007, 2008)
      • Shakopee High School PLTW Instructor Brad Thorpe suggests Normandale host a STEM event for middle school girls
      • $7500 funding for STEM outreach initiatives provided by the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME) Summer 2008
    • STEM GirlZZ Rock!
      • 42 girls entering grades 6 – 8 fall of 2008
      • Workshop Theme: Biotechnical Engineering
      • Breakout Sessions: Biomedical Devices; Yeast Mobile; EKG – Signature of the Heart
      • STEM Faculty Panel Discussion
      • Plant Tour to Starkey Labs, Eden Prairie
    • WATT’S Up? STEM Energy!
      • 62 boys and girls in grades 6 – 8
      • Workshop Theme: Energy
      • Keynote Speech on Wind Turbines
      • Breakout Sessions: Solar Cars, Wind Turbines, Coating Glass, Energy Measurement
      • STEM Faculty and Engineering Panel Discussion
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    • Introduction to Automation
      • 13 Normandale TrIO participants from Richfield High School (grades 10 – 12)
      • Theme: Simple Automation and Robotics featuring use of PLTW materials and equipment
      • 5 afterschool sessions in April
      • Plant Tour to MTS in
      • Eden Prairie
    • Wind Up Your Day with Wind Energy!
      • 52 boys and girls entering grades 5 – 9 fall 2009
      • Workshop Theme: Wind Turbines
      • Guest Speaker from KidWind Project
      • Breakout Sessions: Simple Motors, Windmills, Wind Turbines
      • Guest Speaker from
      • KidWind Project
    • ZAP GirlZZ EnergiZe the Future!
      • 35 girls entering grades 5 – 9 fall 2009
      • Workshop Theme: Wind Turbines
      • Women’s STEM Faculty and Engineering Panel Discussion and Society of Women Engineers
      • Breakout Sessions: Simple Motors, Gears, Wind Turbines
    • Wind Up Your Day … Wind Energy! (2)
      • 22 boys and girls in grades 5 – 8
      • Workshop Theme: Wind Turbines
      • Keynote Speech by KidWind
      • Breakout Sessions included: Simple Motors, Simple Generators, Wind Turbines
      • Guest Speaker from
      • KidWind Project
    • Bright Futures Start with STEM!
      • 57 boys and girls from Indian Mounds Elementary (Bloomington) ESL program in grades 2 – 5
      • Workshop Theme: Engineering
      • Sessions led by The Works: Basic electricity, boat design, bridge design
    • Feedback
      • Positive responses!
      • Student – “ I think this was a well-planned, well-laid out camp.”
      • Small group leader – “ I hope this camp is continued for several years to come because when I see girls gain confidence, it makes the whole camp worthwhile.”
      • Small group leader – “ I think you did a fantastic job of giving each of these kids an opportunity to see how fun and important a career in the STEM field could be for them!”
      • Parent – “ I was very impressed by the program and look forward to similar programming in the future that my daughters can be involved in.... Kudos!!!!”
    • Findings
      • Survey Results Summer 2009
      • Favorable attitude about science
        • 92% Boys/Girls 91% Girls-only
      • Favorable attitude about math
        • 88% Boys/Girls 75% Girls-only
      • Increase in favorable interest in Engineering / Tech
        • 90% (+6) Boys/Girls 93% (+20) Girls-only
      • Increase in favorable interest in Wind Energy
        • 86% (+6) Boys/Girls 88% (+32) Girls-only
      • Parents promote STEM careers
        • 61% Boys/Girls 53% Girls-only
      • Frequent hands-on learning experiences in school
        • 55% Boys/Girls 50% Girls-only
    • Workshop Expense ~$5.5K
      • GirlZZ Workshop Costs Breakdown
        • $4000 Compensation (100 hours faculty time, 8 hours MS teacher time, KidWind Presentation, Society of Women Engineers Presentations, Recognition for assistants and small group leaders)
        • $750 Materials/Equipment (KidWind Wind Turbine Kits, equipment purchased for July workshop re-used at Girls’ workshop)
        • $450 Food (Breakfast snacks, lunch)
        • $700 Souvenirs (bag, t-shirt, notebook, marker)
        • $300 NCC Administration Costs (5% for Business Office, IT, Security, Duplicating Services)
        • $800 Registration Fees Collected
    • Best Practices
      • Hiring middle-school teachers to lead presentations
        • WATT’S UP? (Shakopee HS and JHS)
        • Wind Up Your Day! (Bloomington MS and Elementary)
      • Collaborations with outside STEM Organizations
        • KidWind Project, Society of Women Engineers, The Works
      • Support from Normandale Students
        • Pre-Education Students, Multicultural Services
      • Support from Normandale faculty
        • Keynote, Panel Discussions, Lead Presenters
      • Support from Industry Participants
        • Lead Presenters, Adult Room Helpers, Panel Discussions
    • Issues
        • ESL and TrIO student group events were easiest to plan and coordinate
        • Collaboration with schools has not produced the numbers anticipated
        • Payment arrangements have been tricky and frustrating
        • Attempts to bring in other STEM faculty challenging
        • Financial: Future of STEM events dependent on varying levels of grant support
        • Personnel: STEM Event coordinator not a college funded position
    • Summary
      • STEM workshop formats demonstrated:
      • Positive STEM learning experience for students
      • Effectiveness of Elementary, Middle-School and High School Teachers as workshop presenters
      • Parent enthusiasm to connect their child with more opportunities related to STEM
      • Industry participants welcome and enjoy these opportunities for involvement