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Everything I know I learned in Kindergarten -- Connections between K-12 Outreach and and Recruitment and Retention in Engineering Skip Rochefort Chemical.

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1 Everything I know I learned in Kindergarten -- Connections between K-12 Outreach and and Recruitment and Retention in Engineering Skip Rochefort Chemical Engineering Department Oregon Sate University

2 K-12 Outreach Activities with the Hewlett Foundation at Oregon State University Skip Rochefort, Jason Hower, Keith Levien OSU Chemical Engineering Ellen Ford, Saturday Academy Ellen Momsen, OSU COE Women and Minorities Program And many College of Engineering and High School Students

3 OSU Hewlett Foundation Grant Recruitment and Retention of Engineering Students PI – Toni Doolen, IME $1.1 million - 3 years $85,000/year for K-12 Outreach

4 OSU K-12 Outreach Programs Dr. Skip Rochefort Chemical Engineering Department Director, OSU Precollege Programs Phone:

5 OSU K-12 Outreach Programs K-8 (OSU based programs) –Saturday Academy (Corvallis and Portland) *E-Camp* – middle school girls and boys (summer) LEGO RoboLab Camp – MS girls and boys (summer) *AWSEM *- middle school girls (school year) –SMILE - Science Math Investigative Learning Experiences (rural communities) –Hydroville Project (SMILE associated program) –Science Education PartnershipS (SEPS – Corvallis) –Adventures in Learning (grades 5-7 summer programs) –Expeditions (grades 3-4 summer program) –Winter Wanderings (grades 3-7 school year) –KidSpirit (sports/arts summer camps) –*SKIES* – Spirited Kids in Engineering and Science (summer camp) –Wood Magic – College of Forestry

6 OSU K-12 Outreach Programs HIGH SCHOOL (OSU based programs) –Saturday Academy ASE - Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (statewide) –SESEY - Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (nationwide) –Science Connections (Portland)

7 Oregon K-12 Outreach Programs COMMUNITY – K-12 and Public Outreach (Lifelong Learning) –OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry ( statewide connections) –MESA – Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (PSU based) –4-H of Oregon (statewide) –Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Oregon (and associated programs) –daVinci Days (Corvallis celebration of the arts and sciences)

8 Mentoring* Multiple levels of Mentoring exist in all activities and programs Every individual from Program Directors to the K-12 students interact with all levels * Key to Recruitment and Retention in Engineering

9 Mentoring Pyramid

10 Hewlett Foundation Sponsored Summer 2003 Outreach Log

11 SKIES Spirited Kids in Engineering and Science 11 week-long K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade level camps Content areas include –Engineering: chemical, material science, environmental –Science: chemistry, physics, biology Inquiry-based with hands-on emphasis

12 SKIES Photos

13 E-Camp 1 wk. Engineering day camp for middle school students (15 boys and 11 girls) Inquiry-based learning with Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Environmental Engineering Themes Lessons taught by Engineering faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students Use of wireless PDAs for data analysis

14 E-Camp Photos

15 AWSEM Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Served 11 Middle School Females 8 Sessions on weekends (2 hrs.) Activities designed to interest middle school girls in the sciences –Chemistry, Anatomy, Math, Engineering, Physics, Biology

16 AWSEM Photos

17 SESEY Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (High School) Week-long research projects in ChE, BioE, and Chemistry Projects created by Faculty, daily work guided by ChE/BioE students 19 HS girls, 9 HS boys from 5 states

18 SESEY 2003 Photos

19 ASE Saturday Academy Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering 8 week summer internship in ChE or BioE research laboratories Faculty Advisor with graduate/undergraduate mentors Culminates in research symposium with poster and PowerPoint presentations

20 ASE Photos Four Generations of ASE Jason Hower: ASE ‘97, Corvallis High, Sophomore Oregon State Univ. Chemical Engineering Adam Welander: ASE ‘98, Central High, Freshman Carnegie Mellon Chemical Engineering Annie Gai: ASE ‘99, Sheldon High, Freshman Stanford University Chemical Engineering Hai Le: ASE ‘00, McKay High, Senior (will be Oregon State Univ. Chemical Engineering fall ‘01) Dr. Skip Rochefort: ASE Superstar, Faculty Mentor (kind of), likes to eat peanuts

21 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS *Flora and William Hewlett Foundation *Toni Doolen, OSU Hewlett PI *OSU Enrollment Management for Precollege K-12 Program Support *ALL OSU K-12 Program Directors * My outreach colleagues Ellen Ford and Jason Hower….and all the kids!


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