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NCC STEM Outreach Presentation

  1. 1. STEM OutreachSTEM Outreach atat Normandale Community CollegeNormandale Community College Summer 2008 – Winter 2010
  2. 2. BackgroundBackground 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
  3. 3. STEM GirlZZ Rock!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
  4. 4. WATT’S Up? STEM Energy!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 
  5. 5. Introduction to AutomationIntroduction 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
  6. 6. Wind Up Your Day with Wind Energy!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
  7. 7. ZAP GirlZZ EnergiZe the Future!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
  8. 8. Wind Up Your Day … Wind Energy! (2)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
  9. 9. Bright Futures Start with STEM!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
  10. 10. FeedbackFeedback 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!!!!”
  11. 11. FindingsFindings 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
  12. 12. Workshop Expense ~$5.5KWorkshop 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
  13. 13. Best PracticesBest 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
  14. 14. IssuesIssues  AUDIENCE RECRUITMENT ◦ ESL and TrIO student group events were easiest to plan and coordinate ◦ Collaboration with schools has not produced the numbers anticipated  COLLEGE BUSINESS PROCESSES ◦ Payment arrangements have been tricky and frustrating  STEM FACULTY SUPPORT ◦ Attempts to bring in other STEM faculty challenging  SUSTAINABILITY ◦ Financial: Future of STEM events dependent on varying levels of grant support ◦ Personnel: STEM Event coordinator not a college funded position
  15. 15. SummarySummary 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
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