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Title: Technology Tool Skills and Careers for Underrepresented Populations Presented By The Society of Wome


1
Technology Tool Skills and Careers for
Underrepresented Populations Presented By The
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)Birmingham
ChapterNational Science Teachers Association
(NSTA) Birmingham
Area Conference
December 6-8, 2007
2
STRAND
  • Science Technology Achievement

3
OBJECTIVES
  • Prepare students to meet challenging academic
    standards in science
  • Develop innovative science courses and curricula
    that include integrated technology
  • Address the needs of underrepresented
    populations, including nontraditional careers for
    males and females through the incorporation of
    technology in the science community
  • Use technology to collect, manage, and analyze
    scientific data

4
PROPOSAL SUMMARY
  • This session will address science teaching
    standards by SWE chapter involvement, university
    programs, and community partnerships. The
    co-existence of these elements will foster
    greater achievement among underrepresented groups.

5
WHAT IS SWE?
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • A non-profit educational and service organization
    consisting of
  • -Graduate engineers
  • -Others with equivalent engineering
    experience
  • -Engineers students
  • -Others who share the SWE mission or
    objectives

6
WHAT IS SWE?
  • Founded in 1950
  • Incorporated in 1952
  • Over 6,000 members in 90 sections
  • Over 8,000 student members at over 300
    engineering schools

7
WHAT IS SWE?
  • Largest group of technical women in the U.S.
    (20,000)nearly 100 professional and 300
    collegiate sections, in addition to 700
    members-at-large
  • Members mostly comprised of women who are
    attending college or graduated college as an
    engineer

8
MISSION OF SWE
  • Stimulate women to achieve full potential in
    careers as engineers and leaders
  • Expand the image of the engineering profession as
    a significant contribution to the improvement of
    the quality of life
  • Demonstrate the value of diversity

9
OBJECTIVES
  • Inform young women, their parents, counselors,
    and the general public of the qualifications and
    achievements of women engineers, as well as
    available opportunities
  • Serve as a center of information on female
    engineers
  • Encourage female engineers to attain high levels
    of educational and personal achievement

10
EDUCATORS PERSPECTIVE
  • Reasons why girls are not as interested in
    engineering as boys
  • -Female interests are inclusive to
    socialization and family
  • -Knowledge and encouragement is scarce for
    young girls
  • -Limited early exposure during primary
    educational levels (K-8)

11
SWE ADVOCACY
  • SWE is an advocate for women in engineering
    through SWEs initiatives with government
    officials and participation in task forces such
    as the Commission on the Advancement of Women and
    Minorities in Science, Engineering, and
    Technology Development (CAWMSET)

12
CAREER INCENTIVES
  • Employment opportunities will progressively
    impact society
  • Financial benefits are rewarding and provide a
    sense of comfort and freedom
  • Challenges exist to create new methods to solve
    problems
  • Diversity of problem-solving requires creative
    and critical thinking skills

13
CLASSROOM FEATURES
  • Diversity needs to be obvious in the image of the
    engineering industry
  • Teamwork and collaboration should be emphasized
    to simulate typical work environments
  • Develop group confidence through individual
    competence
  • Utilize hands-on activities and implement
    role-models as facilitators/instructors

14
CLASSROOM RESOURCES
  • K-12 resources available for educator, parent,
    and student learning activities
  • Collaborative community events/activities
    supported by SWE outreach and corporate sponsors
  • Visit SWE in the Exhibit Hall to learn more

15
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Opportunities to encourage girls to pursue a
    career in engineering through participation in
    SWEs career guidance programs and SWE alliances
    with Girls, Inc., Girls and Boys Scouts of
    America, Habitat for Humanity, and Building
    Engineering and Science Talent (BEST)

16
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Annually, SWE awards individual scholarships to
    pre-collegiate, undergraduate, and graduate
    levels, including re-entry students
  • SWE National Scholarships Scholarships and
    fellowships range from 1,000 to 10,000 each
  • Additionally, SWE Professional Sections from 27
    states and the District of Columbia provide
    regional/state scholarships

17
Alabama - SWE
  • Birmingham Professional Section
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Alabama
  • Auburn University
  • Tuskegee University

18
Birmingham - SWE
  • www.swebham.org
  • Erica Hardy, President
  • Professional Section
  • and
  • Associate Technical Specialist Purchasing
  • Department,
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC

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Birmingham - SWE
  • Outreach Events
  • SWE, Me, and the McWane Center
  • Engineering Week (E-Week) Event
  • Financial Aid
  • Community Service Projects

20
Alabama SWE Collegiate Chapters
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • University of Alabama
  • Auburn University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Partial listing shown

21
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(UAB)uab.edu
  • School of Engineering founded in 1971 and ABET
    accredited
  • Leader in engineering education and research
  • Offers undergraduate and graduate programs

22
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(UAB)
  • SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
  • Programs of Study
  • Civil, Construction, Environmental
  • Electrical Computer
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Biomedical
  • Mechanical

23
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(UAB)
  • Admission Requirements
  • -Minimum ACT Score20
  • -Minimum SAT Combined Score950 (Critical
    reading and mathematics)
  • -Minimum 2.0 Academic GPA (2.25 Beginning Fall
    2008)
  • -AP and IB Coursework are accepted

24
Priorities for UAB SWE
  • Historical Relationships with groups (Girls Inc.,
    Girl Scouts)
  • Underserved/underrepresented groups
  • Honors programs

25
Girl Scouts
  • Each Spring the UAB SWE student section
    participates in the Girl Scout Engineering badge
    program in both instructor and support roles with
    the Birmingham Professional SWE section.

26
Girls Inc.
  • Each Summer UAB SWE provides a half-day of
    programming with 15-30 girls from the Girls Inc.
    program
  • Girls do hands-on design projects and have an
    opportunity to see the supercomputer and labs in
    action

27
Governor's School
  • UAB SWE and ASCE provide a half day of design
    projects for Honors students Sophomore-Seniors
    enrolled in the UAB Governors School

28
Boy Scouts
  • New Program!
  • UAB SWE in conjunction with ASCE provide
    programming to Boy Scouts to fulfill their
    Engineering Badge
  • The Boy Scouts do a variety of design and
    demonstration projects

29
Century 21
  • SWE and NSBE provided 4 half-days of programming
    to Century 21 targeted to minority K-6 students
  • Design projects and teambuilding exercises

30
Gardendale Initiative
  • SWE and ASCE provided demonstration and design
    projects for the Gardendale Pre-engineering
    Program

31
Typical Outreach Activities K-5
  • Gumdrop design students are given toothpicks
    and gumdrops and use them to build bridges or
    structures
  • Air-powered car design students are given
    straws, tape, lifesaver candies and paper to
    design a car that is powered by blowing on it

32
Typical Outreach Activities 6-12
  • Asphalt cookies students are given their
    asphalt (molten chocolate) and their aggregate
    (nuts, oat flakes) and mix them together to build
    an edible road top
  • Design race students are broken into teams,
    given water balloons, dowels, and tape the
    objective is to build the tallest tower with the
    materials given in a limited amount of time.

33
Summary Statistics
  • Total Students reached through all outreach
    activities Approximately 250
  • Total UAB students participating in SWE outreach
    events 20
  • Total Outreach Events 9

34
University of Alabamahttp//bama.ua.edu
  • School of Engineering
  • Programs of Study
  • Aerospace Engineering Mechanics
  • Chemical Biological Engineering
  • Civil, Construction, Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

35
University of Alabama
  • Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • College of Engineering is the oldest college in
    the state and one of the five oldest in the
    nation
  • ABET accredited

36
University of Alabama
  • Community Outreach
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • MATH Counts
  • Girls Scouts Engineering Day
  • Science Olympiad

37
Auburn Universityauburn.edu
  • Located in Auburn, Alabama
  • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering offers a
    variety of ABET accredited programs for
    undergraduate and graduate studies

38
Auburn University
  • School of Engineering
  • Programs of Study
  • Aerospace Computer Science Mechanical
  • Biosystems Software
    Materials
  • Chemical Wireless Polymer
    and Fiber
  • Civil Electrical
  • Environmental Industrial and Systems

39
Auburn University
  • Community Outreach
  • E-Day
  • TIGERs Camps
  • BEST
  • Summer Robo Camp
  • Computer Literacy Academy for Children

40
Tuskegee Universitytuskegee.edu
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, Physical
    Sciences offers degree ABET accredited programs
    in the following
  • Aerospace Science
    Mechanical
  • Chemical w/Environmental Option Computer
    Science
  • Electrical
    Architecture
  • Construction Science Management

41
Tuskegee University
  • For nearly 30 years, Tuskegee University has
    administered a comprehensive pre-college program
    designed to recruit, prepare, and graduate
    minorities in engineering
  • Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE)
  • Freshman Accelerated Start-Up and Training for
    Retention in Engineering Curricula (FASTREC)

42
Tuskegee University
  • MITE A 2 week summer program designed to
    motivate minority high students and introduce
    them to engineering
  • Program EligibilityMust be a rising high school
    junior or senior, have a GPA of 3.2 or better,
    complete application process
  • Opportunity for students to participate in
    lectures, laboratory experiments, and interactive
    engineering projects

43
Tuskegee University
  • FASTREC An 8 week summer program offered to high
    school graduates interested in engineering with
    admission eligibility
  • Students are awarded full tuition, housing, and
    book scholarships for the summer program
  • Scholarships, up to 5,000, are awarded at the
    end of the program and are tenable only at
    Tuskegee University

44
Tuskegee University
  • Program Eligibility Acceptance to Tuskegee
    University and completion of enrollment of
    process
  • Submit program application, transcript, ACT or
    SAT scores, Letter of Recommendation and
    application fee

45
Tuskegee University
  • A newly chartered SWE chapter at the university
    is currently in its formative stages. This is an
    exciting opportunity for this chapter to partner
    with other chapters to establish their presence
    in the community and in the professional sector.

46
Who to Contact?
  • SWE Headquarters
  • 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 400
  • Chicago, Illinois 60611-3265
  • Phone 1(312)596-5223
  • Email hq_at_swe.org
  • www.swe.org
  • NSTA Liaison Betty Preece, bpreece_at_fit.edu
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