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