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1 Preparing for STEM Majors A literate nation not only reads. It computes, investigates and innovates. -Change the Equation Phil Hampton, Ph.D. Chemistry Professor Director, HSI-STEM Grant CSU Channel Islands (805) David Raymond, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering CSU Los Angeles (323)

2 Topics What is STEM? STEM careers STEM preparation for higher education STEM success at CSU

3 What is STEM?

4 STEM stands for… – Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics

5 STEM Areas Biological Sciences Chemistry/ Biochemistry Computer & Information Science Engineering & Technology (Biomedical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, etc.) Environmental Science Geosciences (Geology, Astronomy) Mathematics Physics

6 Images of STEM?

7 STEM Careers

8 Job Opportunities in STEM in CA Vital Signs:

9 Future STEM Employment

10 STEM Salaries

11 College-Bound Students

12 California Student Proficiency

13 9 th in Math 10 th in Science Singapore 1 st in Science Korea 1 st in Math

14 Strong Math Preparation: A Requirement for Success in STEM Advanced math courses: greater factor in college success than family background Math beyond Algebra II: double chances of obtaining B.A. Necessary preparation of many college courses, including physics, chemistry and even biology.” FactSheet-All%20StudentsNeedAdvancedMath.pdf

15 Engineering, Computer Science & Technology Careers 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Engineers held 1.5 million jobs – Electrical and electronics engineering (295,520) – Civil engineering (258,100) – Mechanical engineering (252,540) – Industrial engineering (243,620) Growth areas – Computer Science and Software Engineering – Environmental Engineering – Biomedical Engineering

16 What Do Engineers, Computer Scientists and Technologist Do?? They are problem-solvers They are innovators They are creators

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18 How should K-12 prepare students for 4 year university?

19 Preparing Students for Success in College 1.Strong cognitive strategies, e.g. analysis, reasoning and argumentation, and interpretation. 2.Strong content knowledge and skills developed by studying English, math, and science. 3.Academic behaviors that enable students to cope with the academic demands of college, such as self monitoring and study skills. 4.“College knowledge” of how the postsecondary system operates, e.g. process of college admissions, financial aid, and successful functioning in college. 1/improving-academic-preparation-for-college/

20 STEM High School Preparation Curriculum – Four years of high school mathematics – Four years of high school science Physics Chemistry Biology Earth Science – Strong oral and written communication skills

21 Students will be able to: – Discover and understand the roles that STEM professionals have in their lives – Connect their personal passions and skills to STEM careers options – Understand how their academic and extra-curricular choices in high school and college affect career opportunities – Discover the steps to take for various pathways to STEM careers

22 Preparing for Transition to CSU STEM Engineering & Technology Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program “Boot camps” designed to improve entering freshman placement in college-level math and science courses. Engages students with faculty and staff early in their academic career. Fosters student-peer support network

23 M.E.S.A. Since 1970 Provides academic support for educationally- disadvantaged students so they may excel in STEM higher education 10 participating CSU campuses 36 participating community colleges

24 M.E.S.A. Builds student success through: – Enrichment activities – Hands-on competitions – Counseling & Academic support – Industry involvement and support

25 M.E.S.A.

26 S.T.E.P. - CSULA In 2011 – Served 265 students – 85% place in college-level math – 33% placed in Calculus I or above Compared to 2007 pre-STEP – 174 entering students – 51% placed in remedial math – 3% placed in any Calculus course

27 What to Expect at CSU What to Expect at CSU Engineering & Technology

28 CSULA Engineering & Technology Project-Based Learning Culture Brings the “real-world” into the classroom Interdisciplinary teamwork Students can draw on prior knowledge, interests and experiences Engages students with STEM professionals in industry early in their academic careers

29 Society of Automotive Engineers

30 Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Science Technology

31 Rehabilitation Engineering Interdisciplinary between engineering, technology and kinesiology

32 Society for the Advancement of Forensic Engineering (SAFE) New in 2013! Interdisciplinary STEM association focused on forensic application of engineering. Parent Organization – American Academy of Forensic Sciences Criminalistics Pathology Anthropology Engineering Questioned documents Psychiatry Toxicology STEM!!

33 Professional Practice Program (PPP) Capstone design experience Interdisciplinary teams Industry-sponsored projects – Northrup Grumman – Boeing – Raytheon – Aerospace Corp – Medtronic – JPL – Southern California Edison – L.A. Dept. of Public Works

34 Concluding Remarks Encourage early student engagement with CSU STEM programs Encourage student exploration of STEM careers by matching interests Encourage seeing the world through “STEM glasses”! Contact your local CSU for more information

35 Thank you Phil Hampton, Ph.D. Chemistry Professor Director, HSI-STEM Grant CSU Channel Islands (805) David Raymond, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering CSU Los Angeles (323)


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