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Student Outreach through STEM


In order to maintain a sustainable industry we must engage the youth in the engineering field and educate them on the opportunities a career path in engineering can bring. Understanding the diversity in the industry starts with the interactions with our youth we strive to get out into the community and provide supplemental information to students about the world of engineering and technology.

Current Volunteer Opportunity!

The ECP, in its partnership with Engineering Tomorrow (ET), a non-profit organization with a mission to provide high school students a look into various engineering disciplines, seeks additional industry engineers help virtually deliver one of their 20 labs.

 

Lab sessions are being scheduled weekly and there is a need to help ET deliver the Inro Lab sessions using the materials that have already been created and scripts included. We would love to see more of our engineering community help give back and spread your excitement about what it is that we do to the younger generation of students in hopes of creating a passion for them to pursue as a career. The labs vary, check this link out that shows the labs ET has created and available to students: https://engineeringtomorrow.org/labs/

 

The commitment is approximately 30-45 minutes and you can chose a session(s) that will meet your schedule. If interested, contact Richa Singhal from ET at constance.chiplock@engineeringtomorrow.com and copy Vince DeFlavia at vdeflavia@trafficpd.com. Richa has some additional information for you to review (presenter presentation guide) and would love to have you shadow a session that gets delivered so you can get an idea on how the information is delivered.

 

Please check out the information and strongly consider volunteering your time!


About STEM

Many organizations are working to expand STEM education, including the introduction of engineering curriculum in the K-12 system, including:

HIGH SCHOOLER’S GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR AN ENGINEERING COLLEGE

High school students interested in attending a top engineering college can use this comprehensive resource to plan for and track progress toward key milestones as they prepare for their collegiate careers. The guide includes six chapters covering topics such as academics, extracurricular activities, financial aid and application tips. Each chapter offers advice and suggestions to help students excel. Students can learn what high school classes best prepare students for STEM degrees, what admissions counselors look for in college applications and pointers for preparing a college application.

Virtual STEM Resources For High School Students
Remote learning is becoming more mainstream, accessible, and interactive.  It fosters high levels of communication and many educational opportunities arise from augmented reality-based learning as well.  Virtual learning presents opportunities for cost-effective education and digital access to quality education. This guide will present solutions and resources to support and adapt their learning in the new digital environment.

STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.

 

Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.

 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a leading provider of STEM education curricular programs to middle and high schools in the United States.

 

Changing the Conversation promotes broad implementation by the engineering community of the findings and recommendations presented in the 2008 NAE report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering.

 

Pennsylvania STEM Initiative is an education partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation and numerous partners with a goal to dramatically increase the number of students (especially females, minorities and the underrepresented) entering STEM-related careers while retraining, recruiting and re-training the incumbent workforce in these critical fields.

University of California Riverside - Fun for Kids is a resource that includes articles and fun experiments related to the field of Chemical Engineering.

Kids STEM Guide – Encouraging STEM Activities for K-12 & Beyond.  The National Resource Council has shown that early exposure to STEM positively impacts the entire spectrum of children's growth and development.  Despite this research, early childhood programs are often lacking the funding and appropriate resources to give children the exposure they need to meet their full potential. For this reason, it is critical for parents to take an active role in ensuring children are given as much exposure to STEM related activities as possible. This was the motivation for our team to put together this guide. 

Changing the Curve: Women in Computing
explores the history and influence of women in computer science, looking at some of the field's key figures and then reviewing some statistics on how women's representation in technical fields has evolved over the last several decades.

Masters of Data Science is a guide that goes into detail about the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It explains what basic Computer Science curriculum looks like compared to that of Computer Engineering, skills learned in each field, job outlook information, and similarities between the two fields.

This Tinkering Guide is a guide that covers simple electronics, machines, engineering, coding and more!

The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.  The website includes engineer testimonials, steps to start your career in engineering, scholarship opportunities, clubs & programs in your area and more.  The website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Data Science Explorer focuses extensively on helping students research higher education and labor trends in the instructional education and learning industry. They have recently updated two of their guides (https://www.datascienceprograms.org/ and https://cybersecuritydegrees.org/) to help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment.

Maryville University Online wants to help educate people on the benefits of a career in STEM fields as well as provide the resources necessary for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to follow their passion and desired career path. This guide (Click Here) provides some information about the current gender and diversity gaps in STEM university studies and careers, reasons for those gaps, and strategies to help promote inclusivity in STEM-related industries.

Kid's Online Learning Tools for Science, Technology, and Beyond!
https://www.bestkidstuff.com/stem/online-learning-tools-for-science-tech-and-beyond/

Software Programming and Coding Glossary for Kids
https://www.smartadvocate.com/News/Blog/software-programming-and-coding-glossary-for-kids

A Guide for Women to Break Into Information Technology
The tech industry is one of the fastest-growing industries and is project to grow 12% in the next decade. While the tech industry can provide fulfilling careers and abundant paychecks, research has shown that IT and computing jobs are dominated by males. Despite the imbalance, there are many resources for women interested in STEM, including this guide. Atera's guide includes information on the challenges women face in the industry, a list of different careers related to IT, and resources for tech training for women.

Girls in STEM
Resources to engage girls in early STEM learning. This guide offers resources to help young girls avoid falling in the STEM gap. It includes activities, games, educational pathways, and other helpful resources.

Machine Learning - AI For Kids is a resource which provides great resources related to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).  AI is a type of computer science that involves computers making decisions that help solve problems and the machine learning subset involves the computer receiving large amounts of data and using it to complete a specific job or task. Check out this page to find information, fun videos, and articles to learn more.

Science Experiments Around the Home are a great way to engage kids of all ages.  This resource includes some fun and interesting projects. While science revolves around indisputable and evidential fact, the only limit will be your imagination.  You can encourage a child to experiment with any number of different trials in the fields of biology, physics, and chemistry.


There are many exciting fields of engineering that can be explored.  This website provides an extensive list to the varied disciplines of Engineering. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Engineering students are encouraged to check out and apply for our scholarships that are awarded each year during Delaware Valley Engineers' Week.  Please CLICK HERE to find more information.


”The scholarship program demonstrates the Engineers’ Club’s important vision of promoting continued education in our profession.  The Greater Philadelphia engineering community is fortunate to have the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation to provide scholarship opportunities for aspiring engineers to continue to advance their technical skills and knowledge.”
-Michael Venuto; Mulford-Neal-Payne Scholarship Recipient
"Philadelphia Engineering Foundation scholarship was a huge benefit to me. The Foundation’s financial assistance allowed me to pay for night classes. The timely, technical knowledge gained was a benefit to my full-time and part-time jobs.”
-Christopher Menna; Mulford-Neal-Payne Scholarship Recipient
"The scholarship I received from the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation provided much needed financial relief that allowed me to focus on my goal of completing a bachelor of civil engineering degree. As education costs continue to climb, the scholarship efforts of the Club are more important than ever to help combat the engineering drop-out trend.”
-Megan Syrnick-Clayton; Mulford-Neal-Payne Scholarship Recipient

Please contact us to join together to bring STEM to students of all ages!


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