Diverse Courses for Diverse Cultures


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Jason Dubose, The Ingenuity Center of the University of Texas at Tyler
Texas ACE conference 2013
Austin, Texas

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Diverse Courses for Diverse Cultures

  1. 1. Addressing the Needs of Minority Students Presented by: University Academy Site Coordinators
  2. 2. Minority Student Trends and Facts
  3. 3.  For many 6-12 grade minority students, answering the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” doesn’t include careers in the high-demand STEM fields.  Role models tend to be limited to sports and entertainment figures who are rich and famous.  Research shows across the nation, too few students of color take coursework to prepare themselves for STEM careers.  According to a June 2012 article on Phys.org, “Minority college students who major in the STEM fields…earn at least 25 percent more than their peers who study humanities or education…”  “While minority groups continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields, researchers believe this will change if students understand how much more money can be earned in those fields.” Minority Student Trends and Facts
  4. 4. Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail writes the following in his 2011 article for U.S News and World Report:  African-Americans, American Indians, and Latinos account for 34 percent of the total U.S. population (ages 18 to 24), but earn only 12 percent of all undergraduate degrees in engineering.  Women account for nearly half—46 percent—of the U.S. labor force but account for just 10.8 percent of U.S. engineers.  “In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, our education system must progress alongside our nation's evolving demographic.” Minority Student Trends and Facts
  5. 5. Allowing students to become more involved in and expressive about their culture Creating a minority-friendly climate on campus to successful retention Celebrate different cultural awareness events thorough afterschool (i.e. Cinco De Mayo) Hiring a culturally diverse staff that reflect the population of students Professional development for afterschool instructors on STEM careers and diverse populations Develop peer-mentoring program designed to expose middle school students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics by engaging them in activities with older, high school students already interested in these subjects Strategies that Enhance Retention
  6. 6. Exposing minority students to STEM during the middle school years will help them see the value of education. It’s important for minority students to see someone in a white coat that looks like them and is the same gender pursuing a career in STEM. For example, African- American male students need to see more role models outside of just the sports and the entertainment industries. STEM Careers
  7. 7.  New York  Washington  San Jose  San Francisco  Boston  Chicago  Los Angeles  Houston  Atlanta  Dallas Top Ten Cities for STEM Jobs
  8. 8. • Seek college students in STEM • Local/Area hospitals and businesses • Internet • Visit local women’s groups and other STEM related organizations for mentors, classroom visits, donations and judges at your competitions and events. • Visit community ethnic group organizations • Activity: Make one contact—use your iPad/tablet, iPhone/smartphone, or laptop and look up one minority group or person in your area and make contact—call or email. Where are Minority Role Models and How Can We Use Them?
  9. 9. Robotics Design Squad Lego Mind storms Anatomy and Physiology CSI Astronomy Grossology Green Thumbs Gardening Club GamerZone Putt Putt boats Current STEM Courses from UA Sites
  10. 10. Student Description: Explore the nasty, snotty, germy, and overall gross parts of the human and animal body. Grossology Course Description: Students will engage in hands-on experimentation and learning about various body systems, germs and bacteria, animal digestion, plant and animal science, and more.
  11. 11. Student Description: There are three major rules that we want our robots to follow: do not harm a human, obey us, and protect us. We need to make robots smarter. “Transform It” Course Description: Create the ultimate robot from a collection of parts. Use your imagination and create a robot that nobody has seen before. Design, build and program robots using Lego Mind- Storms and Vex robotic kits while having a good time.
  12. 12. Student Description: If you enjoy building, creating, and working with your hands, Design Squad is the class for you!! Unleash your imagination and discover the power of teamwork, while learning the design process. Activities in this class include building macaroni and rubber band cars, creating your own zip line, making an electric game box and engineering your own solar oven etc. Build it, make it, test it! Design Squad Course Description: Students participate in hands-on engineering activities, they expand their thinking, unleash their imagination, and discover the power of teamwork. Students will build macaroni cars, rubber band cars, an aluminum boat that will hold pennies, etc. www.pbskids.org/designsquad
  13. 13. Course Description: In this class students will create steam powered boat using a variety of materials such as aluminum cans, styro-foam, straws and construction paper. Once students have completed the construction of their boat, they will test their durability and record data as to why their boat did or did not work. Putt Putt Boats Student Description: Putt-putt boats (also called pop-pop boats) were once very popular throughout the world in the first half of the 20th century. So why did they disappear?
  14. 14. Student Description: We’ve got a top secret mission to run some special experiments. Don’t share it with the other kids in class because No Boys Allowed! No Boys Allowed Student Description: This class was created due to a survey conducted on campus. In our survey it was found that the girls on our campus did not feel comfortable being in a science class with boys, especially the robotics class. Therefore, based on the survey and the need to ensure that our girls participated in STEM classes, we designed the class especially for girls.
  15. 15. Student Description: Think you can game? Take your gaming skills to a new level by inventing and designing your own video game. Join GamerZone and become a developer. Gamer Zone Course Description: Students will explore the world of on- line video game development through guided hands-on learning and practice. Culminating projects will be "released" for play during a special school day event.
  16. 16.  Offer/expose all students to STEM courses  Grab their attention  Staff/train appropriately Essential Elements
  17. 17. National Society of Black Engineers’ Nsbe.org/seek Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement MESAUSA.org Advanced Placement STEM Access-collegeboard.org Project Lead the Way Pltw.org Summer Math and Science Honors Academy LPFI.org/smash STEM Resources
  18. 18. Create an Afterschool Event Closing Activity